Year of Mercy Indulgence


As with other jubilee years, the Holy Father has instructed that special indulgences be available for the faithful through the duration of the year. Here’s how to get one.

For able-bodied Catholics:

  • Take a pilgrimage. Make a journey to your local Holy Door (a physical portal in your local cathedral, shrine or other designated Church) or to one of the Holy Doors in the four papal basilicas in Rome. Crossing through a Holy Door is a spiritual journey that signals, as the Holy Father said, “the deep desire for true conversion.”
  • Go to confession.
  • Receive the Holy Eucharist “with a reflection of mercy.”
  • Make a profession of faith.
  • Pray for the pope and for his intentions.
What is an Indulgence?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints. An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.” Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.