Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Indulgences Revisited

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Millions of Catholics will travel to Rome this year seeking forgiveness for sins. At least 2.5 million pilgrims have passed through the holy door of St. Peter's Basilica this year in the belief that by doing so they receive a "plenary indulgence," or complete remission from punishment for sins, The Associated Press said. As many as 30 million people are expected to make the pilgrimage in 2000, which the pope has declared a holy year. Pontiffs have declared such special years for seven centuries, since Pope Boniface VIII in 1300 offered "abundant remission and pardon for sins" for those who came to St. Peter's that year. An indulgence can be obtained by visiting any of dozens of sites in Rome and world-wide, by doing good works, such as visiting a prison inmate, or by making a sacrifice, such as giving up smoking for a day, the pope proclaimed. (From Associated Press)

May another Martin Luther rise to the occasion. Rome has not changed!

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