“May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.”
(Pulpit & Pen) The Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, (i.e., a tribunal that is responsible for overseeing issues dealing with the forgiveness of sins in the Catholic Church) issued a statement yesterday declaring
“The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.”
The move seems designed to meet the challenges Roman Catholics are facing with being locked down or displaced and unable to easily access confession and mass. The decree comes just hours after learning that Italy has overtaken China with the number of deaths being reported.