CNA Staff, Jan 28, 2021 / 09:47 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence for those who take part in this year’s March for Life, an annual peaceful protest against abortion, which is set to take place virtually Jan. 29.
An indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment due to sins which have already been forgiven.
The usual conditions for a plenary indulgence, which must be met, are that the individual be in the state of grace by the completion of the acts, have complete detachment from sin, and pray for the Pope's intentions.
The person must also sacramentally confess their sins and receive Communion, up to about twenty days before or after the indulgenced act.
The organizers of the March for Life— which normally attracts hundreds of thousands of pro-life protestors to Washington D.C.— announced Jan. 15 that the 48th annual demonstration would be virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and risk of unrest in the nation’s capital.