Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence for Fatima centennial
For the Jubilee Year of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity — the removal of the temporal punishment due for sins — for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which runs to Nov. 26.
There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
- Make a pilgrimage to the shrine
An indulgence will be granted to those who make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration of prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.
- Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima
An indulgence will be granted to those who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, which is the 13th of each month through October 2017, and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.
- The elderly and infirm
For the faithful who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around, they may pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month through October 2017. They must also “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”