The Vatican has extended the possibility of obtaining the plenary indulgence for the Souls of the Faithful Departed until the end of November.

One can obtain a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory by visiting a church or an oratory or consecrated Catholic cemetery and reciting an Our Father and a Hail Mary.

A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin. It must always be accompanied by a full detachment from sin.

A Catholic who wishes to obtain a plenary indulgence must also fulfil the ordinary conditions of an indulgence, which are sacramental confession, reception of the Eucharist and prayer for the Pope’s intentions.

With the decree for pandemic conditions, those who cannot leave home, such as the sick and the elderly, can still obtain an indulgence by reciting prayers for the deceased before an image of Our Lord or the Virgin Mary. They can also offer Lauds and Vespers of the Dead, The Rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. They can offer their own sufferings to God whilst spiritually uniting themselves to other Catholics, be completely detached from sin, and have the intention of fulfilling the ordinary conditions as soon as possible.