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Monday, November 5, 2012

Set a Soul in Purgatory Free

This is a reminder that a plenary indulgence may be granted for a soul suffering in purgatory anytime during the octave of All Souls, Nov 1 to Nov 8, by doing the following, as prescribed by the ENCHIRIDION INDULGENTIARUM:

13. Visit to a Cemetery (Coemeterii visitatio)
An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. 
The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.

In order for the indulgence to be plenary, the following conditions must be met, in addition to the visit and prayers at the cemetery:

  1. Sacramental confession within “about twenty days” of the actual day of the Plenary Indulgence. 
  2. Eucharistic Communion on the day of the Plenary Indulgence. 
  3. Prayer for the intentions of the Pope on the day of the Plenary Indulgence. 
  4. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent.

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