Pope Francis Grants a Plenary Indulgence for Attending the Washington March for Life Either Virtually or In-Person
Pope Francis has Granted a Plenary Indulgence for people attending the Washington DC, March for Life, either Virtually or In-Person. The 2022 plenary indulgence include those pilgrims who attend eventsin person and those pilgrims who attend events virtually. Pilgrims who participate in person, or virtually due to age, sickness or other grave reasons that prevent them from leaving their homes, but who join via TV, radio or social media in the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Jan. 20 will obtain a plenary indulgence.
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Holy Mass Starts at the 33:50 Mark
The same conditions apply for pilgrims, who will attend in person or virtually the Mass for Life, which will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 21 at The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle.
The national March for Life is a annual pro-life gathering with tens of thousands on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling which legalized abortion in all 50 states.
FULL TEXT Indulgence:
By virtue of the faculties given by the Supreme Pontiff, Francis, the Pope by Divine Providence, and in response to the request of His Eminence Wilton Daniel Cardinal Gregory, Metropolitan Archbishop of Washington, and for the sake of fostering devotion of the faithful and salvation of souls, the Apostolic Penitentiary freely imparts a plenary Indulgence from the heavenly treasures of the Church, to be obtained under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) by the Christian faithful who are truly penitential and compelled by charity, which indeed they can also apply to the souls of the faithful held in Purgatory, by way of suffrage, if they take part in the sacred celebrations among the great assembly of people during the course of the annual event that is called “March for Life,” which will be carried out on the 20th and 21st days of January 2022 throughout the Archdiocese of Washington (especially in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in the Arena called “Capital One”).
The aged, sick, and all those who due to grave reason are not able to leave home will be equally able to obtain the plenary Indulgence, having the disposition of detachment from any kind of sin, with the intention of fulfilling the three customary conditions as soon as one is able, if they spiritually join themselves to the sacred ceremonies, especially as they are made available by means of television, radio, or the new means of social media, and also offer prayers and their sufferings or the ailments of their own life to the merciful God. Therefore, to allow easier access to acquiring this divine indulgence through the keys of the Church, for the sake of pastoral charity, this Penitentiary earnestly requests that Pastors and priests, those provided with suitable faculties to hear confessions, with a willing and generous spirit might make themselves available for the celebration of Penance. The present Decree will be valid for this event only. Anything whatsoever to the contrary notwithstanding. Given in Rome, from the offices of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on the 11th day of the month of December, in the 2021st year of the Lord’s Incarnation.