FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
During this pandemic, the Pope has announced a plenary indulgence for those who participate in devotions on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“With the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe closed for her feast to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pope Francis said Catholics still can receive a plenary indulgence Dec. 11 and 12 for their Marian devotion if they follow certain conditions. Mexico City Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes’ letter announcing the indulgence was accompanied by the formal proclamation by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican tribunal that deals with matters of conscience and with indulgences.
To receive an indulgence, a remission of the temporal punishment one deserves for one’s sins, the following conditions must be met. A person must:
— Prepare an altar or place of prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe at home.
— Watch a livestream or televised Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City Dec. 12, “actively participating … with devotion and with exclusive attention to the Eucharist.” It said Masses could be accessed at www.youtube.com/user/BasilicadeGuadalupe at midnight or 12 p.m. CST.
— Complete the usual conditions for an indulgence by praying for the pope’s intentions, being in a state of grace after confession, attending a full Mass and receiving Communion. The letter said the last three conditions “can be fulfilled when public health guidance allow.”
The indulgence would be for anyone in the world.”