Given in Rome, at the offices of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 16 July 1999, the memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Vatican Publishes New Guidelines on Indulgence.

The doctrine of indulgences are closely related to Purgatory and also rejected by most of our Protestant brothers in Christ. The abuses of indulgences in the middle ages contributed to the Protestant Reformers separating from the Catholic Church.

Through the Heroic Act, we give all of the indulgences from our prayers, our sufferings, and our works of charity for the benefit of the souls in Purgatory. Also, the indulgences from the prayers offered after your death will go to the souls in Purgatory.

The Church has declared the year 2000 to be a Jubilee Year. In this year, a new set of indulgences has been declared for the Jubilee. With the new indulgences, we can do a great deal to help release the holy souls from Purgatory.

Indulgences can be obtained even when your on a boat in the middle of an ocean.

Joining the Rosary Confraternity will greatly increase the power of your rosaries. In addition to the regular indulgences granted for praying the rosary, there are also plenary indulgences on other feast days.

This is the time to say a little about the indulgences which have been granted to Rosary Confraternity members, so that you may gain as many as possible.

The Holy See published a decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary today, stating that a plenary indulgence is granted to faithful who take part in the jubilee year, which will begin Saturday, and last through Dec. 8, 2008.

According to a decree made public today ... Benedict XVI will grant the faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of the Apostle Paul.