From a reader:
I’ve read in several places, and heard at the time, that the twice-yearly papal Urbi et Orbi blessing grants forgiveness of all sin, and that there is a plenary indulgence attached to it. If the former is true, does this negate the need for confession of mortal sins up to that point, seen as they have been absolved by the Holy Father?
The Urbi et Orbi blessing the Holy Father gives at Christmas and New Year, and also on his election as Pope, forgives temporal punishment due to sin. This is not super absolution which forgives sins without people having to confess them in the normal way. It is not a "general absolution" of mortal sins given to the City and the World.
Truly these blessings are a great occasion for all the members of the Church. Catholics should pay attention to them.