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Plenary Indulgences during November

Published on 29/10/2021

The Vatican has extended to this year the additional indulgences granted in Pope Francis' special mandate of 2020. 

Plenary Indulgence during month of November
A plenary indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery, even if only mentally, on any day in November, and devoutly prays for the faithful departed.

Plenary Indulgence for Feast of All Souls’ Day
This plenary indulgence can be obtained not only on the preceding or succeeding Sunday, or on the actual feast day, but on any other day of the month chosen by each member of the faithful. In this case, the indulgence is obtained by “devoutly visiting a church or an oratory”, along with the recitation of the Our Father and the Creed, and the other requirements associated with a Plenary Indulgence.

The homebound
For anyone who cannot leave their home for various reasons, they too can obtain the plenary indulgence by “uniting themselves spiritually to other members of the faithful”. In this case, the condition of being “completely detached from sin” and the intention of completing the other requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence remain. These conditions are sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions.

The Decree suggests that such prayer take place before an image of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary. Among the various prayers that are recommended are prayers for the deceased, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditating on various Gospel passages proposed for the liturgy of the Dead, or completing a work of mercy by offering to God the suffering and discomforts of one’s own life.

Invitation to Priests
Directing a word to priests, the Decree asks that they make the Sacrament of Confession generously available and that they make Holy Communion available to the sick. In addition, all priests are invited to offer three Masses on All Souls’ Day.

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary regarding plenary indulgences for the faithful deceased in the current pandemic situation.

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary page 1

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary page 2