How do I obtain the Year of Mercy Indulgence?

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I have talked about this before but I think it is very important to bring up again since there are still many questions.

When a sin is committed there are two repercussions. One is eternal punishment and the other is temporal punishment. Eternal punishment is forgiven in confession. Temporal punishment is ordinarily remitted in Purgatory, but can be remitted in this life by gaining indulgences and offering up our suffering. A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin (no Purgatory!). Partial indulgences remit only some of the temporal punishment due to sin (some Purgatory). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following about Purgatory: "All who die in God's grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven " (#1030).

A plenary indulgence can be obtained during the year of mercy when the following conditions are met:

  1. Visit a Holy Door. During the Year of Mercy every Diocese in the world has a Holy Door. The Diocese of Phoenix has two. One is at the Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix. The second is at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona.
  2. Go to confession within 8 days, either before or after visiting the Holy Door.
  3. Receive Communion, usually on the day that you visit the Holy Door.
  4. Pray for the Holy Father's intentions. This can be done by reciting an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.
  5. You must be free from attachment to sin, even venial. Essentially there must be no desire to sin.

This plenary indulgence can be granted once a day. It can be applied to the Holy Souls in Purgatory or to yourself.