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Dublin 2018: Pope Grants Plenary Indulgence to Families

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful, on the occasion of the 9th World Meeting of Families, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, from August 21-26, 2018.

The announcement was made in a Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Monday, May 21, stated the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.

The Decree explains that the Plenary Indulgence is granted — under the “usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions) — to the faithful who, with their soul detached from all sin, take part devoutly in certain functions” during the Meeting, “as well as in its solemn conclusion” in the presence of the Pope.

Those who can’t attend the event, states the document, will be able to obtain the indulgence under the same conditions if they are “spiritually united with the faithful present in Dublin, they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other prayers of devotion, to invoke from the Divine Mercy the ends indicated above, especially when the Pope’s words are diffused on television and radio.”

The last lines of the Decree point out that a “partial indulgence is granted to the faithful each time that, with a contrite heart, in the time indicated, they pray for the good of families.”

At present, some 22,000 people from 103 countries have registered for the meeting. With 28% younger than 18, this Meeting has the highest rate of young people,” states the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.  

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