Special indulgences for World Youth Day

Aug. 09 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI has granted two special indulgences for World Youth Day, which will be held in Cologne from August 16 to 21.

According to a Latin-language decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary dated August 2 and made public August 8, a plenary indulgence is available to the faithful who attend the sacred functions of World Youth Day and also "attentively and religiously" participate in its solemn conclusion on Sunday, August 21. The decree lists the additional conditions that must be fulfilled in order to gain this or any other plenary indulgence: sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, and a soul free from attachment to any sin.

A partial indulgence is available to all the other faithful, wherever they may be during World Youth Day, if, with a contrite heart, they pray fervently that Christian youth
  •  be strengthened in the profession of the Faith;
  • be confirmed in love and reverence toward their parents; and
  • form a firm resolution to follow "the holy norms of the Gospel and Mother Church" in living out their present or future family life, or whatever vocation they are called to by God.

The decree was signed by Cardinal James Francis Stafford and Father P. Gianfranco Girotti, OFM Conv., the major penitentiary and regent of the tribunal.