Archbishop John Nienstedt has designated 15 churches in the archdiocese as pilgrimage sites, where the faithful can receive a plenary, or full, indulgence during the 2008-2009 Jubilee Year of St. Paul.
An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due to sin. It can be granted on behalf of the individual petitioner or on behalf of departed souls.
Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the jubilee year, which concludes June 29, to celebrate the approximately 2,000th anniversary of St. Paul’s birth.
During the Lenten season, with its focus on reconciliation, the plenary indulgence provides further incentive for Catholics to partake in the sacrament.
Archbishop Nienstedt recently issued a decree listing the designated pilgrimage churches:
- • Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul
- • St. Paul, Ham Lake
- • St. Paul, Zumbrota
- • Ss. Peter and Paul, Loretto
- • Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
- • St. Michael, St. Michael
- • St. Wenceslaus, New Prague
- • St. Ambrose, Woodbury
- • St. Agnes, St. Paul
- • St. Peter Claver, St. Paul
- • St. Francis de Sales, St. Paul
- • All Saints, Lakeville
- • Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale
- • St. Timothy, Maple Lake
- • St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Paul
More information is about indulgences (yes, they still do exist) is at the Catholic Spirit web page.