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Pope to Grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents, Elderly

On July 25, the Pope will grant Plenary Indulgences to grandparents, the elderly, and all participants who are “motivated by a true spirit of penance and charity.”

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will grant Plenary Indulgences to grandparents, the elderly, and the faithful during the First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly on July 25.

In a note released on Tuesday, the Apostolic Penitentiary explains that “in order to increase the devotion of the faithful and for the salvation of souls,” the event attendees will be given a chance to obtain a Plenary Indulgence.

The note says that the Pope has granted this possibility after listening to the request presented by Cardinal Kevin Farrell to mark the establishment of the World Day that will be observed every year on the fourth Sunday of July.

Cardinal Farrell is currently the Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. (Read: Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for 500 Years of PH Christianity)

Solemn Celebrations

Pope Francis delivers a blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) on Christmas Day, 2017. This blessing, which is the one he will give on today, carries with it a plenary indulgence. (Photo from CNS photo/Vatican Media/Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation)

The Plenary Indulgence will be granted under the usual conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer according to the intentions of Pope Francis.

The solemn celebration will be held in St. Peter’s Basilica and will be live-streamed in various functions across the world. (Read: Pope Francis Grants Two-Year Indulgence to Calamba Parish in Laguna)

“This Court of Mercy also grants the Plenary Indulgence on this same day to the faithful who devote adequate time to actually or virtually visiting their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty (such as the sick, the abandoned, the disabled and other similar cases),” the note reads.

Through the Media

Photo from Alton Strupp, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal / USA Today

Signed by the Major Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, and by the Regent, Kryztof Nykiel, the note says the Plenary Indulgence may also be granted to those who are unable to leave their homes for serious reasons. (Read: The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy)

“[May the faithful] unite themselves spiritually to the sacred functions of the World Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, pains or sufferings of their lives, especially during the transmission, through the means of television and radio, but also through the new means of social communication,” the note reads.


Text by Vatican News staff writer.

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