Plenary Indulgencies For Secular Franciscans

The Church has granted to members of the Secular Franciscan Order (under the jurisdiction of the Order of Friars Minor) the following plenary indulgences:

May 16th St. Margaret of Cortona
Aug 25th St. Louis, King
Sept. 4th St. Rose of Viterbo
Oct. 4th St. Francis of Assisi
Nov. 19th St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Nov. 29th All Saints of the Franciscan Order
Dec. 8th Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
For Individual members on two occasions:
1. On the day of their admission or initiation.
2. On the day of their profession or commitment.
Ref. Source: (Cf. Franciscan Hearld, 1970, pp. 134-138, 182)

General Conditions for Indulgences as defined by the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1471!
1. Faithful must be in a state of Grace
2. Have interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin
3. Have sacramentally confessed their sins
4. Received Holy Eucharist
5. Pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff

Plenary indulgences can be gained only once a day.

The Portiuncula Indulgence, granted for August 2, can be obtained by any member of the faithful (not just a Franciscan) who visits any parish church (not necessarily a Franciscan Church), a cathedral, or a co-cathedral from noon on August 1 to midnight of August 2 and who satisfies the 3 regular conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and a prayer for the pope’s intentions within several days preceding or following the particular date, and performing the prescribed work attached to the devout visit to that church, i.e., praying the Lord’s Prayer and Creed.

The Handbook of Indulgences states that it is more fitting that holy communion and the prayer for the pope’s intentions take place on the day that the work is performed (i.e., the visit to the church).

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