Apostolic Penitentiary

7 October 2005, liturgical commemoration of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The Apostolic Penitentiary, in virtue of the faculties granted it in a most special way by our Most Holy Father and Lord in Christ, Benedict, by Divine Providence Pope, the sixteenth of that name, freely grants a plenary Indulgence, which may be gained under the usual conditions of sacramental Confession, eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the same Supreme Pontiff, to all Christ's faithful who, with a mind which is entirely removed from attachment towards any sin whatsoever, piously visit one of the above-mentioned sacred buildings:

  • on days when the celebrations are solemnly opened and closed, and on solemnities and feast days noted in the calendar of the Order of Preachers, if they diligently and reverently take part in some sacred function or pious devotion;

  • on a day chosen by each individual, by reciting the Lord's prayer and the Creed;

  • whenever they travel in a group to one of these sacred buildings by reason of devotion and, in the same way, piously recite the Lord's prayer and the Creed.

  • This rescript has effect throughout the whole of the year of commemoration. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

    James Francis Card. Stafford
    Major Penitentiary

    Gianfrancesco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv.