Can you please explain about indulgences?

Can you please explain about indulgences? I have been very influenced by what I was taught about the reasons for the Reformation, indulgences being one of the truly hot topics. Yet I see that the Catholic Church still practices this.

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Myths about Indulgences**
*] HOW TO GAIN AN INDULGENCE
*]How to Get an Indulgence
*]Primer on Indulgences
*] CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON INDULGENCES
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