Pope Francis Grants a Plenary Indulgence for the Jubilee Celebrations of Saint Thomas Aquinas - Here's How You Can Obtain the Indulgence!
Pope Francis has granted the Holy See's Apostolic Penitentiary, to release the opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence for the 800th anniversary of Saint Thomas Aquinas' birth (on Jan. 28, 2025) and the 700th anniversary of his canonization. Aquinas was canonized on July 18th, 1323, by Pope John XXII. The faithful can be granted the indulgence until 28 January 2025. He died on March 7, and in 2024, the 750th anniversary of his death will be celebrated.
The elderly, the sick and those who are unable to leave their homes for any serious reason will also be able to obtain a plenary indulgence. The faithful can spiritually join in the Jubilee celebrations in front of an image of St Thomas Aquinas, offering to the merciful God their prayers as well as the sorrows and ills of their lives.
A sacramental confession (withing 20 days), Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
The elderly, the sick and those who are unable to leave their homes for any serious reason will also be able to obtain a plenary indulgence. If, despising all their sins and with the intention of fulfilling the three usual conditions as soon as possible, they spiritually join in the Jubilee celebrations in front of an image of St Thomas Aquinas, offering to the merciful God their prayers as well as the sorrows and ills of their lives.
To facilitate access to God’s forgiveness through the power of the keys in pastoral charity, the Penitentiary urges priests of the Order of Friars Preachers to offer themselves with prompt and generous hearts to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to administer Holy Communion often to the sick.
This Decree is valid only for this commemoration of St. Thomas Aquinas, notwithstanding any circumstances to the contrary. Given at Rome, from the Palace of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 20 January 2023.
The expression “quodlibet templum Ordini Fratrum Praedicatorum ubicumque spectans” implies a juridical relevance as well as a pastorally active presence and not only a historical link. The Indulgence can be obtained in all the churches, shrines, chapels, etc. whose pastoral care is currently entrusted to us.