Privileges and Responsibilities

The Papal document, Domus Ecclesiae, spells out the specific privileges granted to a Minor Basilica. The most important of these is the Plenary Indulgence, which the faithful may receive who devoutly visit the basilica and participate in any sacred rite “or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the profession of faith.”

How to gain a Plenary Indulgence

The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions:

  1. On the anniversary of the dedication of the same basilica
  2. On the day of the liturgical celebration of the title
  3. On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
  4. On the anniversary of the granting of the title of basilica
  5. Once a year on a day to be determined by the local Ordinary
  6. Once a year on a day freely chosen by the each of the faithful

What is a Plenary Indulgence?

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