By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Even those who can’t make it to World Youth Day activities in Sydney next week can still gain a special Indulgence by agreeing to pray to the Holy Spirit to ask Him to inspire our young people to charity and give them the strength to proclaim the Gospel with their lives.
According to a decree made public on July 5, Benedict XVI will grant a Plenary Indulgence to the faithful who “gather at Sydney, Australia, in the spirit of pilgrimage” to participate in celebrations for 23rd World Youth Day, and a Partial Indulgence to “all those who, wherever they are, will pray for the spiritual goals of this meeting and for its happy outcome.”
According to the decree, the indulgences may be gained in the following ways:
“The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful who will devotedly participate at some sacred function or pious exercise taking place during the 23rd World Youth Day, including its solemn conclusion, so that, having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and being truly repentant, they receive Holy Communion and devoutly pray according to the intentions of His Holiness.
“The Partial Indulgence is granted to the faithful, wherever they are during the above-mentioned meeting, if, at least with a contrite spirit, they will raise their prayer to God the Holy Spirit, so that young people are drawn to charity and given the strength to proclaim the Gospel with their life.
“So that all the faithful may more easily obtain these heavenly gifts, priests who have received legitimate approval to hear sacramental confessions, should welcome them with a ready and generous spirit and suggest public prayers to the faithful, for the success of the same World Youth Day.”
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