Advertisement

Plenary Indulgences

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. / Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence During the Catholic Church's 2025 Jubilee Year

May 13, 2024

The decree provides Catholics with the opportunity to gain indulgences by making pilgrimages, prayerfully visiting churches, or practicing works of mercy.

Holy Week / Shutterstock

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence during Holy Week 2024

Mar 23, 2024

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus to remove temporal punishment due to sin.

Monstrance for adoration, stock photo. / Zolnierek/Shutterstock

There is Still Time to Receive a Plenary Indulgence During Lent

Mar 20, 2024

Did you know that there are four ways you can gain a plenary indulgence during Lent?

Alexander Hoffmann / Shutterstock

Catholics Can Receive a Plenary Indulgence by Praying before a Nativity Scene 

Dec 12, 2023

From Dec. 8 until Feb. 2, Catholics will be able to receive a plenary indulgence by praying before a Nativity scene in a Franciscan church.

The lunette of a side door depicting St. Thomas Aquinas, detail of the facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, Italy. | Credit: Zvonimir Atletic/Shutterstock

Vatican Grants Plenary Indulgence for St. Thomas Aquinas Jubilee Celebrations

Jul 15, 2023

The Vatican is granting a plenary indulgence to anyone who participates in the two years of jubilee celebrations of St. Thomas Aquinas leading up to the 800th anniversary of his birth.

Original painting of the Divine Mercy, by Eugeniusz Kazimirowski in 1934. Wikimedia Commons 4.0.

Divine Mercy Sunday 2023: Here’s How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence

Apr 15, 2023

What do a certain Polish nun and a certain Polish pope have in common? They both became saints and they were both instrumental in the institution of Divine Mercy Sunday, which offers many graces to the faithful. 

Credit: Shutterstock

How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week 2023

Apr 3, 2023

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and all the saints to remove the temporal punishment due to sin.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in L'Aquila, Italy on Aug. 28, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Becomes First Pope in More Than 700 Years to Open the Holy Door in L’Aquila

Aug 28, 2022

During a trip to the Italian city of L'Aquila, Pope Francis participated in a centuries-old tradition established by Pope Celestine V in 1294.

null. Shutterstock

How to Receive Plenary Indulgence July 24 on the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

Jul 23, 2022

All it takes is a phone call, together with confession, Holy Communion, and prayer.

Pope Francis greets the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome on June 17, 2016. Vatican Media.

Vatican Offers Plenary Indulgence for Visiting the Elderly on Grandparents’ Day on July 24

May 30, 2022

The 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will take place on July 24.