The New Outlook, the online newspaper for the Diocese of Tucson, reports that Pope Francis said that Catholics can receive a plenary indulgence for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary around the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Below is the full article from New Outlook with details:
With the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe closed for her feast to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pope Francis said Catholics still can receive a plenary indulgence Dec. 11 and 12 for their Marian devotion if they follow certain conditions.
- Prepare an altar or place of prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe at home.
- Watch a livestream or televised Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, “actively participating … with devotion and with exclusive attention to the Eucharist” on Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. or Dec 12 at 11 a.m. Arizona time.
- Complete the usual conditions for an indulgence by praying for the pope’s intentions, being in a state of grace after confession, attending a full Mass and receiving Communion when public health guidance allows. I wish that all our pilgrim People, who from the bottom of their wounded hearts seek the comfort, protection and tenderness from Our Blessed Mother, take advantage of this grace Pope Francis has granted us and that is extended to the faithful departed. Rather than going to her house, let Our Lady visit us in our homes this year. Let us open our doors to her and lift our hearts to her so that she may bless us and cover us with her mantle.
+ Carlos Cardinal Aguiar Retes
Archbishop of Mexico