Vatican City, 30 May, 2022 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Vatican announced on Monday that Catholics can obtain a plenary indulgence by visiting an elderly person on the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
A decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary on May 30 said that the indulgence is available “to the faithful who devote adequate time to visit, in presence or virtually, through the media, their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty” on July 24.
The indulgence can also be gained by Catholics present at a solemn commemoration of the annual event by Pope Francis that day or at celebrations around the world.
An indulgence — defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven” — will be available under the usual conditions of Confession, Holy Communion, and prayer in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
According to the Catechism, an indulgence can be either partial or plenary, depending on whether it “removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.”