MANILA, May 28, 2012—Not only will pilgrims be empowered with expert talks on the rights and legal protections of the family, the nature of marriage, and combating relativism and other trends that threaten the family; they stand to benefit from a decree granting indulgences to attendees of the 7th World Meeting of Families, to be held in Milan from May 30 – June 3, 2012.
Manuel Cardinal Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M., penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary respectively, issued a decree granting indulgences to the pilgrims attending the event, which will revolve around the theme “The Family: Work and Celebration.”
According to the decree, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions, which are confession, communion, and prayer for the intentions of the pope. A plenary Indulgence under the same conditions are also granted to the faithful who are unable to participate in the event if, “spiritually bonded to the faithful gathered in Milan, they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers calling on Divine Mercy to grant the aforementioned ends, particularly when the words of the Pontiff are transmitted by radio and television.”
A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful “whenever, during that period, they pray with a contrite heart for the good of families.”
The decree explains that in order to help the faithful in their spiritual preparations for the event, Benedict XVI grants Indulgences so that, “truly penitent and stimulated by charity, they may dedicate themselves to the sanctification of the family, following the model of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”
Monteiro de Castro and Girotti noted that the event will serve to examine how to reconcile the needs of the family with those of work and rest, especially on Sunday, “day of the Lord and day of man, day of the family and of the community.”
The World Meeting of Families is a gathering convened by the Pope every three years in order to pray, dialogue, learn and share regarding the role of the Christian family as the domestic church and basic unit of the new evangelization. Basically it is aimed at strengthening the way families live out their Catholic faith. Also, this year, according to Rome Reports, some 900 youths have registered for another congress held for younger members of the family.
Having started in 2000, the gathering has been held in Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico and Spain. (CBCP for Life)