Sunday, February 5, 2006
World Sick Day Indulgence

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a plenary indulgence for February 11th, World Sick Day. This is only his third plenary indulgence granted so far (after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and World Youth Day).

Here is the information:

"The indulgence will be granted, under the usual conditions, to those who participate in the Mass for the World Day of the Sick, to be held this year in Adelaide, Australia, and to those who participate in a similar ceremony that day "at any other place decided by the ecclesiastical authorities." (The "usual conditions" for a plenary indulgence are sacramental Confession, Communion, prayer for the Pope's intentions, and the absence of attachment to sin.)

The indulgence is also granted to health-care personnel whose duties make it impossible for them to attend ceremonies for the World Day of the Sick, and to sick people who cannot attend the ceremonies, if they pray for the welfare of the sick on that day, and fulfill the ordinary conditions as soon as they are able. A partial indulgence is granted to anyone who prays for the sick on the days surrounding the World Day of the Sick, February 9 to 11."
(Source: Catholic World News)

If you would like general information on indulgences please see my post on Indulgences.

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