Monday, June 29, 2009

Pauline jubilee year established and running from June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009.

Pope Benedict XVI established the pauline year to run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the approximate 2000th anniversary of the saint's birth. The plenary indulgence is being offered to pigrims who come to Rome,
to Catholics who participate in local events connected to the jubilee year, and to those who may be too ill or otherwise prevented from physical participation. It can be granted on behalf of the individual petitioner or on behalf of departed souls.

Conditions for the special Pauline year indulgence include the normal requirements set by Church for all plenary indulgences: that the person goes to Confession, receives the Eucharist and prays for the intentions of the Pope. In terms of specific requirements for the plenary indulgence are visiting by the Catholic faithful the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome (picture above) in the form of a pilgrimage and offering personal prayers before the Altar of the Most Blessed Sacrament; the pilgrims must also recite the Our Father and the Creed in front of the Altar of Confession, adding invocations to honour Mary and St Paul. The Catholic faithful in any local Church can obtain the indulgence by participating with devotion in a liturgy or other public event dedicated to St Paul - in any sacred place on the opening and closing days of the jubilee year, and on the other days in places designated by the local bishop. Catholics impeded by sickness or other serious cause, as long as that have intention of fulfilling the other conditions as soon s possible, can obtain a plenary indulgence by joining spiritually in a jubilee celebration in honour of St Paul and offering their prayers and suffering for Christian unity.

For more information please follow Vatican link to Papal Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls