Pray with Pope Francis Today at 1:00pm
Friday, March 27 | 8:40 AM
Today at 1:00pm EDT (6pm in Rome), Pope Francis will conduct an Urbi et orbi blessing.
He encourages people of faith around the world to join him via a variety of communication outlets (live-streaming, social media, television, radio, etc.).
Read "How to pray with the Pope on Friday" to learn more. A live feed is featured on the webpage.
I'll be tuning in myself!
Now, having shared the information above, I will be the first to acknowledge the word "indulgence" might be puzzling -- even worrisome. The word has baggage. We all know that the selling of indulgences was one of the variety of abuses that led to the Reformation. Although the language (and at times the accompanying theology) is antiquated, allow me to offer an approach that may serve to alleviate concern.
We can understand an indulgence to be a special blessing that assures us of the unconditional, life-giving love of God in our lives today.
I look forward to joining you as we join our hearts in prayer with our sisters and brothers around the world.