Indulgences Offered for 7th World Meeting of Families

Faithful Everywhere Can Receive Grace by Joining Spiritually in Milan Event

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 25, 2012 ( The 7th World Meeting of Families next week will be an opportunity for the faithful to gain indulgences.

The Vatican Information Service today announced that the Apostolic Penitentiary today issued a decree granting Indulgences to faithful for the event, due to be held in Milan, Italy, from 30 May to 3 June.

The decree explains that, in order to help the faithful in their spiritual preparations for the event, Benedict XVI grants Indulgences so that, «truly penitent and stimulated by charity, they may dedicate themselves to the sanctification of the family, following the model of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph».

Plenary Indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) «to faithful who, completely detached from any form of sin, devoutly participate in one of the celebrations to be held during the World Meeting of Families, and in its solemn conclusion».

Faithful who are unable to participate in the event may nonetheless obtain Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions if, «spiritually bonded to the faithful gathered in Milan, they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers calling on Divine Mercy to grant the aforementioned ends, particularly when the words of the Pontiff are transmitted by radio and television».

Partial Indulgence is granted to the faithful «whenever, during that period, they pray with a contrite heart for the good of families».

The decree, signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv., respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, mentions the theme of the forthcoming meeting – «The Family: Work and Celebration» – and notes that the event will serve to examine how to reconcile the needs of the family with those of work and rest, especially on Sunday, «day of the Lord and day of man, day of the family and of the community».

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