Pope Francis is offering Catholics across the world the chance to obtain a plenary indulgence – from home, this year – as they celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Coronation of Our Lady of Guadalupe on 12 December.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is closed in view of the Covid-19 emergency. Pope Francis has mandated the Apostolic Penitentiary to decree that the faithful may receive a plenary indulgence for acts of Marian devotion. The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, announced the indulgence in a letter, which was accompanied by a formal proclamation from the Major Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.
Vatican News reports that the following conditions must be met. A person must:
Prepare an altar or place of prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe at home.
Watch a livestream or televised Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on 12 December “actively participating… with devotion and with exclusive attention to the Eucharist.”
Complete the usual conditions for an indulgence by praying for the Pope’s intentions, being in a state of grace after confession, attending a full Mass and receiving Communion.
The last three conditions “can be fulfilled when public health guidance allow,” according to the letter.
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