Catholics who participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August or pray with their families during event can receive a plenary indulgence, the Vatican announced.
An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven.
The theme of the Dublin meeting, which takes place from 21st to 26th August and Pope Francis plans to attend, is ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.
‘So that the faithful prepare spiritually to participate in the event in the best way, His Holiness Pope Francis willingly concedes the gift of indulgences,’ said the decree released on 22nd May by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
To receive the indulgence, it said, people must be ‘truly repentant and motivated by charity’ and dedicate themselves ‘to the sanctification of the family, following the example of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph’.
The conditions necessary for receiving a plenary indulgence include having recently gone to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the pope.
Picture: Pope Francis poses for a photo with a delegation of two Irish families led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, right, during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 21st March. Also pictured is Cardinal Kevin Farrell, left, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. Catholics who participate in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August or pray with their families during the event can receive a plenary indulgence, the Vatican announced. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).