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The following is the full text of the plenary indulgence granted by the Holy Father for the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy's jubilee year:
On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the dedication of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Holy Father, through the Apostolic Penitentiary, grants, under the usual conditions of Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, a plenary indulgence, applicable also to souls detained in Purgatory, to the faithful who, excluding every attachment to whatever sin, come to the Shrine on pilgrimage, and there devoutly assist at any sacred function, or at least spend a suitable space of time in pious reflection, ending with the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and invocations of the Merciful Jesus and of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
a. from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010, the opening and closing of the jubilee;
b. at all jubilee celebrations;
c. as often as out of devotion they come there in pilgrimage as groups;
d. once, on a day freely chosen by the faithful.
Pious faithful, impeded for reasons of old age, illness or any other serious cause, can also obtain a plenary indulgence, if, determined to detest whatever sin, and having the intention of fulfilling, as soon as it will be possible, the three usual conditions, they will spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations or pilgrimages, offering their prayers and sufferings to God the Merciful through Mary before any small image of Jesus.
These present are valid for the entire time of the jubilee. Nothing to the contrary withstanding.
James Francis Stafford, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Major Penitentiary
To receive the plenary indulgence one must:
1. Make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy during the Golden Jubilee year (Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010).
2. Make a Sacramental Confession.
3. Receive Holy Communion.
4. Pray for the intentions of the Pope.
5. Detach from sin.
Those who cannot make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine due to old age, serious illness or other serious cause may venerate the image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy. They must fulfill the other conditions as listed or at least have the intention to fulfill as soon as it is possible.