Catholics Can Ask For Plenary Indulgence Throughout November | Goa News

Panaji: Catholics will be able to request plenary indulgence for souls in purgatory throughout November after the Vatican has extended the period.
Plenary indulgence is a remission of the entire temporal punishment for sin.
Traditionally, worshipers could receive a full indulgence each day between November 1 and November 8 when they went to a cemetery to pray for the dead and to fulfill other conditions and especially if they went to a church to pray for the dead. November 2, day of the dead.
The parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panaji, Father Walter De Sa said: “Now, any day in November, one can visit a cemetery or pray mentally for the dead. However, on the Day of the Dead, one can visit a church or chapel and pray the Our Father and recite the Creed to obtain an indulgence on behalf of a loved one who has died or for an unknown soul in Purgatory. A priest can celebrate three Masses, one of which must be for the Pope’s intentions.
Catholics believe that Purgatory is a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who atone for their sins before going to heaven.
Many parishes have planned to celebrate additional Masses for the Day of the Dead on Tuesday in churches, chapels and cemeteries to accommodate as many worshipers as possible, while maintaining standards of social distancing. Throughout the state, cemeteries are being renovated and the walls of cemeteries are whitewashed. In Vasco, several masses are organized in the Saint-André church and in six chapels without mass in the cemetery.
In Calangute, a special Rosary will be recited with prayers offered for each of those who have passed away in the past year, reading each of the names after Mass on November 1. The parish has lost around 40 people to Covid-19 alone over the past year. On November 2, additional masses will be celebrated in the church, chapels and cemetery so that everyone can participate while maintaining a social distance.
The parish of Benaulim is also taking steps to ensure the Covid protocol. Traditionally held inside the chapel of the cemetery of Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, mass is moved outside for better ventilation.
In Siolim, the All Saints’ Mass is reintroduced in the cemetery at 6.15 a.m. while traffic should not be a problem, apart from the masses in the church and chapels. This includes a mass at 7 p.m. for the workers.

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