Vatican offers plenary indulgence to visit the elderly on Grandparents’ Day – Catholic Telegraph

According to the Catechism, an indulgence can be partial or full, depending on whether it “removes part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin”.

The new decree signed by the Major Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Plaisance and the Regent Father Krzysztof Nykiel said: “Plenary indulgence may also be granted, on condition that they absolve themselves of all sin and with the intention of fulfilling the usual three conditions as soon as possible, to sick elderly people and all those who, unable to leave their homes for a serious reason, will unite themselves spiritually to the sacred services of the World Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, as well as the pains and sufferings of their lives, especially while the words of the Sovereign Pontiff and the various celebrations are broadcast by the media.

A similar decree was issued for the World Day inaugural celebration July 25, 2021.

Pope Francis established the commemoration in January 2021. The day falls annually on the fourth Sunday in July, on or around July 26, the feast of Sts. Anne and Joachimthe grandparents of Jesus.

The Vatican unveiled the theme for the second World Day of Grandparents and Older Persons in February, taken from Psalm 92:15: “In old age they will still bear fruit.”

At the Pope message for this year, published on May 10, he urged older people not to despair of their frailty but to embrace “a new mission” to care for others in a conflict-ridden world.

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