Plenary Indulgence per the Vatican

The Vatican has offered a Plenary Indulgence, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, for the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of health authority in hospitals or in their homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Mass, reciting the Holy Rosary, pious practice of the Way of the Cross, or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible. 


Plenary Indulgence has been offered to health care workers, family members and all those who follow the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer, "Greeter love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend" (Jn. 15:13). 


Plenary Indulgence is also granted to the faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called Himself. 


The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for these usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no. 12). 


This Decree given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020. 


Mauro Cardinal Piacenza

Major Penitentiary