Decree of Plenary Indulgence for World Youth Day

Here is the translation of the Decree of Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

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The gift of Indulgences is granted on the occasion of the “28th World Youth Day,” which will be held at Rio de Janeiro during the current Year of Faith.

The Holy Father Francis, desiring that young people — in union with the spiritual ends of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI –, are able to obtain the hoped for fruits of sanctification from the “28th World Youth Day,”–  which will be held from the 22nd to the 29th of the month of July at Rio de Janeiro, and which will have as its theme “Go and Make Disciples of All Nations (cf. Matthew 28:19),” — during the audience given last June 3 to the undersigned Cardinal Major Penitentiary, manifesting the maternal heart of the Church, of the Treasure of the satisfactions of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the Saints, has agreed that young people and all the faithful adequately prepared can benefit from the gift of the Indulgences as  follows:

a.- a Plenary Indulgence is granted, obtainable once a day with the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) and also applicable by way of suffrage to the souls of the deceased faithful, for the faithful who are truly repentant and contrite, who will participate devotedly in the sacred rites and pious exercises which will take place at Rio de Janeiro.

The faithful who are legitimately impeded, will be able to obtain the Plenary Indulgence provided that, complying with the usual spiritual, sacramental and prayerful conditions, with the intention of filial submission to the Roman Pontiff, participate spiritually in the sacred functions during the specified days, provided that they follow the same rites and pious exercises while they are taking place, through television and radio or, always with the due devotion, through the new means of social communication;

b.- The Partial Indulgence is granted to the faithful, wherever they are during the said meeting, whenever, at least with a contrite spirit, they raise fervent prayers to God, concluding with the official prayer of the World Youth Day, and devout invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Brazil, under the title of “Our Lady of Conception Aparecida,” as well as to the other Patrons and Intercessors of the same meeting, in order to stimulate young people to reinforce themselves in the Faith and to lead a holy life.

Then, so that the faithful can easily make themselves participants in these heavenly gifts, the priests, legitimately approved for the hearing of sacramental confessions, with a prompt and generous spirit are ready to receive them and propose to the faithful public prayers, for the success of the same “World Youth Day.”

The present Decree has validity for this event, any contrary disposition notwithstanding.

Given at Rome, from the headquarters of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on June 24 in the year of the Lord 2013, on the solemnity of Saint John the Baptist.

Manuel Cardinal Monteiro de Castro

Major Penitentiary

Monsignor Krzysztof Nykiel


[Translation by ZENIT]
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