To the brothers and sisters of the Franciscan Family, A few weeks ago we announced to you all that the Holy Father wanted to grant us, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of Christmas in Greccio, the gift of an indulgence.
We were careful to transmit it immediately so that in our lives and ministries we could consider it and make effective use of it for ourselves and for the faithful who attend our churches. More recently, on November 14, 2023, the official Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary arrived (English translation attached), the content of which had already been anticipated in its essential aspects and communicated to you in many languages.
Only two aspects stand out here: It is specified that it is possible to receive the gift of Indulgence by visiting any Franciscan church in the world as pilgrims. The usual conditions will be included (Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff); It is also specified that it is necessary to participate devoutly in the jubilee rites, or at least pause before the manger prepared there, dedicating an adequate period of time to pious meditation, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Profession of Faith and the invocations to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as well as Saint Francis of Assisi.
An English translation of the Italian text of the Decree is attached in the margin: it is not an official translation, but it can serve as a simple aid if someone prefers to have a reference in a modern language.
I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Advent! Fraternally!
Father Michele Mottura Secretary of the Franciscan Family Conference