“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” (CCC 1471)  There are two types of indulgences: plenary and partial.  A plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sin; a partial indulgence removes some but not all of the temporal punishment.

Jesus Christ lovingly sacrificed Himself for the salvation of humanity.  Through Baptism, we are freed from the Original Sin of disobedience inherited from Adam and Eve.  With our gift of free will we can choose to sin, personally separating ourselves from God. Although we can be completely forgiven, temporal (temporary) consequences of sin remain.  Indulgences are special graces that can rid us of temporal punishment.    

Learn more about the requirements for Plenary Indulgence here.

For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican granted a Plenary Indulgence to a virtual experience as equal to an actual experience for our Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience.

“Affirming the Response to the 10th Year Jubilee Plenary Indulgence Honoring

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers 

by Apostolic Papal Decree a Plenary Indulgence

is granted to faithful making pilgrimage to Lourdes or experiencing Lourdes in a Virtual Pilgrimage with North American Lourdes Volunteers by fulfilling the usual norms and conditions between July 16, 2013 thru July 15, 2020.”