Thursday, July 18, 2013


A Storm of media posts have made some exaggerated claims about following the Pope on Twitter and gaining indulgences.
Some headlines

"A Ticket to Heaven on Twitter..."

"One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory"

"Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets ..."

Text from the Vatican Blog release:
The young people and the faithful who are adequately prepared will obtain the Plenary Indulgence, once a day and under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father), applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful.
The faithful who on account of a legitimate impediment cannot attend the aforementioned celebrations may obtain Plenary Indulgence under the usual spiritual, sacramental and prayer conditions, in a spirit of filial submission to the Roman Pontiff, by participation in the sacred functions on the days indicated, following the same rites and spiritual exercises as they occur via television or radio or, with due devotion, via the new means of social communication.
Partial Indulgence will be conceded to all the faithful who, in any place and between the indicated days, with a contrite heart raise devout prayers to God, concluding with the official prayer of the World Youth Day and invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Brazil, with the title “Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Aparecida” as well as other patrons and intercessors of the same meeting, that they may encourage the young to reinforce their faith and lead a holy life.
What this actually means is that the faithful who participate with the World Youth Day pilgrims on social media can obtain a plenary indulgence. However, it is necessary to be in the state of grace, go to communion, go to confession and say certain prayers. 

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