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How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and all... Read more

The Childhood of Christ, by  Gerard van Honthorst  (1592–1656). Public domain.

15 ways to gain an indulgence in the Year of St. Joseph

Until December 2021, there are many new ways that Catholics can receive an indulgence, including entrusting their daily work to... Read more

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Feb. 15, 2016.

Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence to Catholics marking Guadalupe feast at home

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to Catholics celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at home this... Read more

The Teutonic Cemetery, a burial site adjacent to St. Peter's Basilica, on All Soul's Day, Nov. 2, 2017.

Vatican extends plenary indulgence for the dead throughout November

The Vatican has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, amid the coronavirus pandemic and... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to follow ‘God’s logic’

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to follow “God’s logic” by taking responsibility for the welfare of others.  Read more

St. Francis of Assisi.

On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence

Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo.

Holy See grants indulgence to coronavirus patients and Catholics who pray for them

The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for people with COVID-19 and for those who care for them,... Read more

Indulgences not a 'magical formula,' canon lawyer explains

In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis' Twitter followers, a canon lawyer says indulgences... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

Plenary indulgence announced for the Year of Faith

The Holy See announced Oct. 5 that Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith,... Read more