Release from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
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Archbishop Gomez said:
"The Church’s ancient practice of granting indulgences is a beautiful sign of God’s love and mercy and the Church’s ministry of reconciliation.Jesus Christ gave his Catholic Church the power to forgive sins in his name. But we realize that even though our Heavenly Father forgives our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we still need to be healed from the wounds that our sins cause in us and purified of their effects in our lives.
Usually this process of purification and healing takes place either here on earth — when we bear our trials and sufferings patiently with faith — or after death, in the state of Purgatory.
By granting a “plenary indulgence,” the Church frees us from the burdens of our past failings so that through our love we can grow closer to Jesus.
So this opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence is a beautiful gift that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has given us in this Year of Faith.
By making a pilgrimage to these selected churches — which are located in each of our five pastoral regions — we will be making a little act of faith and love and expressing our desire to grow in holiness. And in response, we will receive this great gift of God’s tender mercies and love."
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