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Comment from Understand the Times:
The pope has done it again. How would you feel if you were a Roman Catholic young person and you could not afford to go the Roman Catholic Youth Day Celebration in Madrid and receive a plenary indulgence? Imagine how embarrassed you would be when your friend who had the money to go came home. His or her sins were forgiven and yours were not. This should be a good reason for all Roman Catholic young people who could not attend to find another church.

August 12 - Pope offers special indulgence to World Youth Day pilgrims

Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

Pope Benedict XVI has declared that pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid will be able to obtain a special indulgence while attending the event.

The indulgence will allow young people to draw closer to God and grow in their friendship with Christ, Rubio added.

An indulgence is the means by which the Catholic Church – with the authority of Jesus Christ – rescinds the temporal consequences of sins that have already been forgiven in confession.

Indulgences replaced the severe penances imposed in the early Church and can be either “plenary” or “partial,” which respectively rescind all or part of the punishment caused by sin.

The Penitentiary explained that the Latin-language edict “grants a plenary indulgence to the faithful who attend the occasion of ‘World Youth Day XXVI’ in Madrid in a spirit of pilgrimage.” A partial indulgence can also be gained by “everyone, wherever they are, who prays for the spiritual purpose of this meeting and for its happy outcome.”

In order to receive the plenary indulgence it states that Madrid pilgrims must go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of Pope Benedict.

The partial indulgence is available to those “wherever they are” during next week’s events if “with contrite hearts, they lift up their prayers to God the Holy Spirit, to the end that He might urge the young to charity and that He might give them the strength to announce the Gospel with their own lives.”

The decree also explains that the indulgences were requested by Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela of Madrid, as he wanted “young people to receive the desired fruits of sanctification” from World Youth Day in his home city.


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