Archdiocese of Manila: Plenary Indulgence for Visita Iglesia in the Year of the Priests

MANILA, Oct. 8, 2009—Plenary indulgence can be granted to the faithful who visit some churches in the Archdiocese of Manila in observance of the Year for Priests.

The measure was made by the archdiocese’s chancery with a decree dated September 25, 2009.

In accordance with the decree, the faithful can receive the plenary indulgence when they make a devotional pilgrimage to one of the designated churches until June 19, 2010.

Still, when the faithful make the pilgrimage, they have to fulfill ordinary conditions for the plenary indulgence which include Sacrament of Penitence, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for Pope’s intentions.

Additionally, a partial indulgence will be offered to the faithful each time they pray five “Our Father,” “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be,” or any other duly approved prayer “in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life.”

The designated churches in the Archdiocese of Manila are: National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in San Antonio village and Saint John Mary Vianney Parish Church in Cembo, both in Makati City.

“We encourage the faithful to avail of these spiritual benefits of the holy year. It is also a good opportunity to hold catechesis on the priesthood, indulgences and Saint John Mary Vianney,” said Fr. Rufino Sescon, Jr., chancellor.

He said the two mentioned churches will gladly welcome pilgrims and delegations, especially those coming from the parishes of the archdiocese.

“Let us continue to pray for our priests and for more vocations to the priesthood. May this year be an occasion for spiritual renewal in our respective communities,” Fr. Sescon said.

The Vatican last May also announced that during the Year for Priests, which runs June 19, 2009-June 19, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI will grant plenary indulgences to priests and faithful. (CBCPNews)

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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