According to a decree made public Oct. 5, and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, respectively, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith
. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on Oct. 11 until its end on Nov. 24, 2013. See the link on the left for The Doctrine and Practice of the Indulgences from the Vatican.
"The day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican Council I," the text reads, "the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has decreed the beginning of a year especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation, through the reading of–or better still the pious meditation upon–the Acts of the Council and the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church."
"Since the primary objective is to develop sanctity of life to the highest degree possible on this earth, and thus to attain the most sublime level of pureness of soul, immense benefit may be derived from the great gift of Indulgences which, by virtue of the power conferred upon her by Christ, the Church offers to everyone who, following the due norms, undertakes the special prescripts to obtain them."
During the Year of Faith
…Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful, may be obtained by all faithful who, truly penitent, take Sacramental Confession and the Eucharist and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in church or any other suitable location.
Each time they visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church or a holy site designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (for example, minor basilicas and shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles or patron saints), and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.
Each time that, on the days designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith, ... in any sacred place, they participate in a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.
On any day they choose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a pious visit to the baptistery, or other place in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form.