PLENARY INDULGENCE during 100th Anniversary of Fatima Apparitions


Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal (see below).

To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

To the faithful who make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration of prayer dedicated to the Virgin. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke the Mother of God.

2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima
To the faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October 2017, and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

3. The elderly and infirm
To the faithful who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around, may pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They must also “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

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  1. yatzer says:

    On #2, I had to miss the official prayer today (May 13), but have done the rest. We have a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Church. Does praying privately there work, or does it have to be in an official ceremony? I hope I’m not splitting hairs here.

  2. beelady says:

    Yatzer – we have a statue of our Lady of Fatima outdoors at our parish. We were told by our priest that praying privately in front of the statue fulfilled the requirement. I’m sure that you praying in front of the statue at your parish would too.

    God bless!

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  4. Mojoron says:

    We have a statue of Fatima and we moved it down in front of the Novus Ordo Altar, I know you wouldn’t approve, but…. We are a rural parish and people, particularly the men, are not participants in any type of prayer and I asked father to make this a six-month process if nothing else for the men in the parish who need Mary’s help. Rural America farmers have more importance in plowing the land and feeding the cattle than going to Mass. It is a real eye opener for our family who moved here from several middle-sized parishes, who had a resident priest and who had Mass more than once a week; with a choir and not a guitar and a banjo, yes a banjo. The priest is as busy as he can be with three rural parishes and he is a young whippersnapper which usually means he will be vacating our parishes in a few years to go to the big city where the money is thick and the parishes are big. (We gotta keep those big money parishes happy) Anyway, it’s tough out here in the hinterlands especially to be a good, practicing Catholic. That’s why we’ll never see a TLM Mass in my lifetime.

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