According to a decree made public on Octobrer 5, 2012
and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop
Krzysztof Nykiel, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic
Penitentiary, 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 11 October
2012 until its end on 24 November 2013.
day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of
Vatican Council II", 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, which will last from 11
October 2012 to 24 November 2013, 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.
"(A) 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.
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.
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.
"(D) On any day
they chose, 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.
eparchal bishops, and those who enjoy the same status in
law, on the most appropriate day during that period or
on the occasion of the main celebrations, ... may impart
the papal blessing with the Plenary Indulgence".
concludes by recalling how faithful who, due to illness or
other legitimate cause, unable to leave their home, may still
obtain Plenary Indulgence "if, united in spirit and thought with
other faithful, and especially at the times when the words
of the Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by
television or radio, they recite ... the Our Father, the
Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and other prayers
that concord with the objectives of the Year of Faith,
offering up the suffering and discomfort of their lives".