I read the above a few days ago and it has to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in a while. The Pope says that if you go and pray “at places of worship dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes from 2-11 February next year” you will get less time in Purgotory.
I personally don’t believe in Purgotory. It seems to me that there’s evidence for and against. But I can’t understand the point of indulgences. Does this kind of thing not embarrass Catholics? And where does the Pope get his justification for this? Is he in charge of purgutory? I think not. I was taught that God is perfectly just and righteous; he wouldn’t say “those that pray at Shrine A get less time and those that pray at shrine B get more time in purgatory.” or “those that pray on Feb 10th get less time and those that pray on the 15th get more time…”
As a side point… I live in Spain (although i’m scottish) and every year here they have the “Day of the Mother of God” where they take a statue of Mary from one of the churches in the town and parade through the streets with it then take it back to the church where crowds of people queue to kiss and pray at the feet of the statue. Any comments?