Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the III World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary

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The Apostolic Penitentiary, in order to increase the devotion of the faithful and to procure the salvation of souls, by virtue of the faculties attributed to it by the Supreme Pontiff Francis Pope by Divine Providence, accepting the recent request presented by the Most Eminent Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Kevin Joseph Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, on the occasion of the Third World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, already established by the Supreme Pontiff on the fourth Sunday of the month of July and which this year will take place on the theme “His mercy has passed from generation to generation” (Lk 1:50), graciously grants the Plenary Indulgence from the heavenly treasures of the Church, under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to grandparents, elderly and to all the faithful who, motivated by the true spirit of penance and charity, will participate on 23 July 2023, on the occasion of the Third World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, in the solemn celebration that the Most Holy Father Francis he will preside in the Vatican Papal Basilica, or at the various functions that will take place throughout the world, a plenary indulgence which can also be applied as suffrage to the souls in purgatory.

This Tribunal of Mercy also grants a Plenary Indulgence on this same day to the faithful who will dedicate adequate time to visit in person or virtually, through the means of communication, elderly brothers in need or in difficulty (such as the sick, the abandoned, the disabled… ).

The Plenary Indulgence will also be able to obtain the Plenary Indulgence, given the detachment from any sin and the intention to fulfill the three customary conditions as soon as possible, the sick elderly and all those who, unable to leave their homes for a serious reason, will join spiritually in the functions sacred hearts of the World Day, offering to the Merciful God their prayers, the pains and sufferings of their lives, especially while the words of the Supreme Pontiff and the various celebrations will be transmitted through the media.

Therefore, so that this opportunity to obtain divine grace through the power of the Church’s Keys is more easily achieved through pastoral charity, this Penitentiary firmly asks priests, equipped with the appropriate faculties to hear confessions, to make themselves available, with a spirit prompt and generous, to the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.

This Decree is valid for the Third World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.

Given in Rome, from the headquarters of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 15 June 2023.

Major Penitentiary