Thu. Aug 5th, 2021

VATICAN – Unmoved by the possibility of acquiring coronavirus, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has generously granted Roman Catholics a special opportunity to obtain indulgences in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time on Friday, March 27, 2020.

The faithful are worried but hopeful the Holy See be spared from the dreaded coronavirus which infected a Vatican worker who lives in the same residence of the Holy See.   

According to an update report by the Mail Online, the Pope tested negative for coronavirus for a second time.

The 83-year-old Pontiff was swabbed yesterday along with those who surround him, who also all tested negative.

A clergyman at Saint Martha’s guest house, which the pope uses as his own residence, has allegedly tested positive for the virus.

The building, which is undergoing a deep clean, is also used by the pope as a place to take meals and have private meetings. He has been largely secluded since coming down with a cold at the end of last month.

Pope Francis does not have any symptoms of the virus, said Vatican sources. He is pictured giving a mass at Santa Marta Church this morning

The Pope will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church on Friday.

“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication,” he said.

The ceremony will consist of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication.

The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.       

The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time.

He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et Orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent “Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020.”

What is a plenary indulgence?

A plenary indulgence means that by the merits of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the full remission of the temporal punishment due to sacramentally forgiven sins is obtained. The person becomes as if just baptized and would fly immediately to heaven if the person dies in that instant.

A plenary indulgence removes all of what is called “temporal punishment” due to sins that have already been forgiven. Sin and evil are real. Every sin, large or small, is in some way a rejection of the-best-version-of-ourselves and a rejection of God. “Temporal punishment” is the natural consequence of that sin, the necessary purification following forgiveness of sin.

Conditions to receive a plenary indulgence only for yourself or souls in Purgatory:

In order to obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must be in the state of grace. In addition, the faithful has to have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin.

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful with a spirit detached from any sin, as they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass. They will:

Pray the Creed

Pray for the intentions of the Pope (accompanied by an Our Father, a Hail Mary and Glory) and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.

Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but generally they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

(An exception was made on March 20th, when Pope Francis declared that he is granting a Plenary Indulgence to the faithful sick with coronavirus, to health agents, relatives and all those taking care of the sick, who expose themselves to the risk of infection.)

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of

heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.

He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen (ia/

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