Plenary Indulgence for the Year of St. Paul


As is often the case with Jubilee Years, the Pope announced that there are plenary indulgences attached to certain actions and activities throughout the Pauline Year.

-Those repentant faithful who make a pilgrimage to the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (on the Ostian Way), who have been absolved through the sacrament of Reconciliation and who have recently received Holy Communion, and who pray for the Pope's intentions will be granted a plenary indulgence. Those who receive this indulgence can use it both for themselves and for the deceased, and also can receive it as many times as they fulfill the conditions, up to one a day.

-According to the official announcement, “In order that the prayer raised on this holy visit may lead and invite the souls of the faithful to venerate more intensely the memory of St. Paul, the following has been established: the faithful, in addition to raising their own supplications before the altar of the Most Blessed Sacrament, each one according to his own devotion, must go to the altar of the Confessio and devoutly recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding pious invocations in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul. And may this devotion always be closely united to the memory of the Prince of the Apostles, St. Peter.”

-Those unable to visit Rome during this time can also receive the plenary indulgence if they go to Confession, receive Communion, and pray for the Pope's intentions, as well as being detached from sin, and if they devoutly take part in some public celebration, liturgy, or event in honor of St. Paul on the opening and closing days of the Pauline Year, as well as other days and places designated and specified by the local bishop.

-Those who are confined to their houses due to illness or any other restrictive reason are able to receive the indulgence as well if they maintain a spirit of detachment from sin and intend to fulfill the usual conditions as soon as possible, and spiritually unite themselves to a Jubilee celebration for St. Paul.

Adapted from the official decree found at the official Pauline Year website here.


To learn more about the St. Paul or the Pauline Year, visit the Pauline Year page.

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