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plenary indulgence

n. Roman Catholic Church
An indulgence that remits the full temporal punishment incurred by a sinner.

ple′nary indul′gence


n.
(in Roman Catholicism) a remission of all temporal punishment that is still due to sin after absolution.
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Santangini reminds us that "throughout the month of November one can obtain a plenary indulgence for the departed by visiting a Catholic church and saying an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Creed while praying for the intentions of the Pope, and by going to Confession and Holy Communion.
A plenary indulgence grants a full pardon from the temporal punishment for sins that have already been forgiven in confession.
Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, said: "It is a source of great joy that we have received the blessing of the Holy Father and a Plenary Indulgence to mark the new mission of this historic church.
plenary indulgence was good for a lifetime--meaning that if it was said only once, it could let someone who was ninety-seven years old out of purgatory just as readily as it could keep out a two-year-old--I felt that God had been making some kind of fool of me.
But he has less chance of landing the watered silk contract for the next consistory than he has of getting a plenary indulgence from Martin Luther's mother.
The Vatican, which has taken an interest in the setting up of the shrine church, has issued a decree announcing the papal blessing and plenary indulgence to all who attend the mass.
and the plenary indulgence granted to those who receive the Eucharist and celebrate reconciliation on Divine Mercy Sunday.
So on each day of the Octave of All Souls' Day, she will write to him about the people for whom she is visiting the cemetery and saying a short prayer in Latin in the hope of gaining for each soul a plenary indulgence.