Mercy Minutes #27

 

Pope Francis accepts a crucifix from a prisoner as he visits Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MEXICO-PRISON Feb. 17, 2016.
Pope Francis accepts a crucifix from a prisoner as he visits Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

From Section V: A Year of Mercy.

Noting that it is particularly fitting for the Year of Mercy because it shows how “God’s forgiveness knows no bounds” [MV, 22], Pope Francis has granted a General (plenary) Indulgence for all those who faithfully make a pilgrimage through a designated Holy Door. He urges all to link this pilgrimage with a celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation and the Eucharist. The Holy Father recognizes that some are not able to go on pilgrimage because they are homebound through illness or age or are incarcerated. For them, “Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving Communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer even through the various means of communication will be … the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.” He specifically invites the incarcerated to make their cell door a holy door as they rely on the mercy of God.

For more information about indulgences, click here.