DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     November 12-14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 215

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JUBILEE INDULGENCES POSSIBLE FOR MIGRANTS, TRAVELERS

        VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- While the Vatican prepares to receive an accepted flood of pilgrims during the Jubilee Year, the Pontifical Council for Migrants has announced that the indulgences offered to pilgrims will also be available to refugees, itinerants, and travelers who are unable to reach Rome.

        The Holy See had already announced that special indulgences could be obtained by pilgrims who-- with the proper interior dispositions-- travel to Rome or to the Holy Land during the Jubilee celebrations. But on November 1, Cardinal William Baum signed a decree allowing the same indulgences for people who are unable to travel to Rome or the Holy Land.

        Cardinal Baum-- who signed the decree in his capacity as head of the Apostolic Penitentiary-- explained how indulgences could be obtained. The faithful who are unable to travel to Rome or the Holy Land should make a perfect act of contrition, and have the firm intention to receive the sacrament of Penance and the Eucharist. With those intentions, they should then recite the Lord's Prayer and the Creed in front of a religious image, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

        In a special effort to help seafaring people plan a trip to Rome the Jubilee Year, the Pontifical Council for Migrants has proposed a special pilgrimage to the Vatican on June 1- 3, 2000, specifically for fishermen, naval workers, and others who work on the seas.


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November 12-14, 1999       volume 10, no. 215
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