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Papal court handling pardons for sins says contrite Catholics may win 'indulgences' by following World Youth Day on Twitter.

"In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering "indulgences" to followers of Pope Francis' tweets.

The church's granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.

The remissions got a bad name in the Middle Ages because unscrupulous churchmen sold them for large sums of money. But now indulgences are being applied to the 21st century."

Deacon Lance:
It would have been nice to quote the relevant rather than the sensational:

"Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican's sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the "rites and pious exercises" of the event on television, radio and through social media.

"That includes following Twitter," said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis' Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. "But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet."

In its decree, the penitentiary said that getting an indulgence would hinge on the beneficiary having previously confessed and being "truly penitent and contrite".

Praying while following events in Rio online would need to be carried out with "requisite devotion", it suggested."

Even after reading the whole article, I really don't understand the Latin Church.  ???

Deacon Lance:
Bottom line:

Prayer, pious exercises, penance, almsgiving, and acts of charity are good for your soul, helping theosis.

converted viking:
Never believed in this sort of crap among other things which is why I left and converted to Orthodoxy.



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