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Apostolic Penitentiary

Praedicate Evangelium:

Art. 190

1. The Apostolic Penitentiary is competent in all matters regarding the internal forum and indulgences as expressions of divine mercy.

2. It is headed by the Major Penitentiary, assisted by the Regent and by several officials.

Art. 191

For the internal forum, whether sacramental or non-sacramental, it grants absolution from censures, dispensations, commutations, validations, remissions and other favours.

Art. 192

1. The Apostolic Penitentiary sees to it that the Papal Basilicas of Rome are provided with a sufficient number of Penitentiaries supplied with appropriate faculties.

2. It oversees the proper training of the Penitentiaries appointed in the Papal Basilicas and of those appointed elsewhere.

Art. 193

The Apostolic Penitentiary is charged with the granting and use of indulgences, without prejudice to the competence of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning their doctrine and of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for ritual matters.

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  • Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of the Indulgence on the occasion of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly (15 June 2023)
    [Italian, Latin, Portuguese]
  • Decree according to which Plenary Indulgence is  granted to the faithful on the occasion of the 26th World Youth Day (August 2, 2011)
    [French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish]
  • Sin and conversion in the work of the Jesuit priest Ivan Fuček, Split (April 7, 2006)
  • Decree on Indulgences on the occasion of the centenary of the crowning of the Patroness of Brazil (March 31, 2004)
  • The Sacrament of Penance in the Messages of Holy Father John Paul II to the Apostolic Penitentiary (June 13, 2000)
  • Press release: "The Sacrament of Penance in the Messages of Holy Father John Paul II to the Apostolic Penitentiary" (June 13, 2000)
    [Italian, Portuguese]
  • Enchiridion indulgentiarum quarto editur (July 1999)