Has anyone ever heard of this indulgence?


I was in an antique store and saw this indulgence from Blessed John XXIII…It was printed with his picture and a seal from the Vatican.

“Most Holy Father, Mr and Mrs XXXXXXXX humbly prostrate at the feet of your Holiness, beg the Apostolic Blessing and a Plenary Indulgence to be gained at the hour of death on condition that, being truly sorry for their sins but unable to confess them, and to receive the Holy Viaticum they shall at least invoke with their lips or heart the Holy Name of Jesus”

Has anyone ever heard of this kind? I always thought indulgences had include communion? Anyways any help would be great thanks:)


I have seen this indulgence on a Marriage blessing from the Vatican which sounds like what you have typed.


I don’t know if its a marriage one or not it didn’t seem like one…we have a marriage blessing from Pope John Paul II but it doesn’t have that on it…




Currently, for the plenary indulgence gained at the moment of death, the three usual conditions are not needed, but only having been in the habit of prayers, etc:

28. The Moment of Death (In articulo mortis)

To the faithful in danger of death, who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the Apostolic Blessing with its plenary indulgence (see Canon 530 ß 3 of Code of Canon Law), Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a plenary indulgence to be acquired at the point of death, provided they are properly disposed and have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime. The use of a crucifix or a cross to gain this indulgence is praiseworthy.
The condition: provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime supplies in such cases for the three usual conditions required for the gaining of a plenary indulgence.
The plenary indulgence at the point of death can be acquired by the faithful, even if they have already obtained another plenary indulgence on the same day.

Try the edition here and read number 28.

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