Church grants Special Indulgence to Coronavirus Patients and Caregivers
Pope Francis grants special indulgence to coronavirus patients and caregivers
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. Indulgences are either partial or plenary depending on if they remove part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1478)
On 20 March, the Vatican Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting plenary indulgences to the faithful suffering from the Covid-19 virus, commonly known as coronavirus, as well as to healthcare workers, family members and all those who in any capacity care for them.
Conditions to receive the Plenary Indulgence:
- A plenary indulgence to coronavirus patients quarantined by health authorities in hospitals and in their homes is granted if they unite themselves spiritually through the media to the celebration of Mass, the recitation of the Rosary, to praying the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion.
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful if they recite the creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters.
- A plenary indulgence is granted to healthcare workers, family members and all those who, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick under the same conditions stated above.
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or read the Holy Scriptures for half an hour, or recite the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy while praying for an end to the pandemic.
The usual conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and offering a prayer according to the Holy father’s intentions are to be fulfilled as soon as possible afterwards.