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plenary indulgence

n. Roman Catholic Church
An indulgence that remits the full temporal punishment incurred by a sinner.
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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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As for the remission of your sins, we have the archbishop of Paris, who has the very greatest power at the court of Rome, and even the coadjutor, who possesses some plenary indulgences; we will recommend you to him."
A plenary indulgence will be granted to pilgrims to these churches as if they have actually visited the Roman basilica in Italy.
Pope Pius IV in 1859 granted plenary indulgence. In 1966 there was a decreased emphasis on indulgences.
The Vatican has ruled that those who pray with their families during the events which run from August 21 to 26 will receive a full plenary indulgence.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle earlier said those taking part in procession would be able to receive a plenary indulgence or the remission of temporal punishment due to sins.
Speaking from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica, Francis issued a plenary indulgence for Catholics in hopes of spreading the church's message of mercy in a world torn by war, poverty and extremist attacks.
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.
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.
A number of my holy cards said "plenary indulgence" on them.
A trip to one of these could earn a pilgrim the same plenary indulgence, or remission of sins, as a visit to the real thing, which was then relatively inaccessible.