Religion: Christmas Gift

Indulgences via TV

For many years, Roman Catholics who were present in St. Peter's Square when the Pope delivered his traditional Christmas and Easter blessings urbi et orbi (to the city and the world) have been offered the opportunity for a plenary indulgence. In Catholic teaching, such a papal grant from the spiritual "treasury of merits" built up by Christ, Mary and the saints means that the recipient is freed from punishment in purgatory for sins.

In 1939 Pope Pius XII extended the privilege to radio listeners, and later to TV audiences. Bishops around the world have long been permitted to impart the blessing...

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