Decree on relating indulgences to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

From 26 May 2001 the faithful in Cracow Archdiocese could obtain a plenary indulgence for saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Such a decree was issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary as requested by Cracow’s Metropolitan Bishop, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski. Since 12 January 2002 granting a plenary indulgence for pious saying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy has been extended to the whole territory of Poland. This permission is the response of the Holy See to the request made by Cardinal Józef Glemp, the Primate of Poland and Chairman of the Episcopal Conference. 


on relating indulgences to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
12 January 2002

Based on the entitlements specially granted by the Pope the Apostolic Penitentiary gladly accepts the submitted request and resolves as follows:

Subject to ordinary conditions (namely, sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer regarding Holy Father’s intentions) a full indulgence is granted within the territory of Poland to believers who with their soul completely free of attachment to any sin will piously say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in a church or chapel in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Eucharist publicly displayed or kept in the tabernacle. 

Should a believer due to an illness (or other good cause) not be able to leave home but say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with trust and desire for mercy for themselves as well as willingness to reveal it towards others, then subject to ordinary conditions they shall also obtain a full indulgence with the observance of the regulations concerning “having an obstacle”, enumerated in norms 24 and 25 of “the List of indulgences” (“Enchiridii Indulgentiarum”).

Under other circumstances an indulgence shall be partial. This permission shall be valid eternally notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.

+ Luigi de Magistris
Titular Archbishop of Nova
Pro-Major Penitentiar