The thoughts, ideas, findings, and fancies of a Catholic student at Our Lady's University.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

World Youth Day Indulgences

Francis Cardinal Stafford, the Major Penitentiary, has signed a decree regarding a plenary indulgence to be given to all who "in a spirit of total detachment from any sin, will take part attentively and devoutly in some of the celebrations..." And then, there's the part that most interests me, and most likely anyone who is in the country to read this, which is a partial indulgence to be granted to all other Catholics, regardless of their WYD participation, if "at least with a contrite heart, they ask God with fervent prayers to strengthen young Christians in the profession of the Faith, to reinforce their love and respect for their parents, and to firmly commit themselves to shaping, in accord with the holy norms of the Gospel and Mother Church, the new family that they themselves will form or have formed, or their own life in accordance with the vocation that God has indicated to each one." You can read the entire decree here.

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