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INDULGENCE. A favor granted.
     2. It is a general rule that where a creditor gives indulgence, by entering into a binding contract with a principal debtor, by which the surety is or may be damnified, such surety is discharged, because the creditor has put it out of his power to enforce immediate payment; when the surety would have a right to require him to do so. 6 Dow, P. C. 238; 3 Mer. R. 272; Bac. Ab. Oblig. D; and see Giving Time.
     3. But mere inaction by the creditor, if he do not deprive himself of the right to sue the principal, does not in general discharge the surety. See Forbearance.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"When the faithful ob-serve certain practices like the Visita Iglesia and participate in solemn processions devoutly in prayer, in sacrifice, pray-ing for the intentions of the Holy Father, he gains a plenary indulgence.
What is a plenary indulgence? It removes all temporal punishments for our sins that have been forgiven ('Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,' No.
The Plenary Indulgence could be availed of for ourselves and for the poor souls.
'As the station aims to help more faithful to go on pilgrimage in this Holy Year to gain the plenary indulgence, Radio Veritas is inviting everyone to join this spiritual journey and perform a specific act of mercy,' said Fr.
So on each day of the Octave of All Souls' Day, she will write to him about the people for whom she is visiting the cemetery and saying a short prayer in Latin in the hope of gaining for each soul a plenary indulgence. Since there were 105 deaths this year, she will be praying for fourteen souls on the first day and thirteen souls on subsequent days.
The Vatican has granted a yearlong plenary indulgence to pilgrims who will visit an indigenous church in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur as it celebrates its 25th year as a parish.
For the year, Francis grants a plenary indulgence that erases all spiritual and corporal sin to those who make a pilgrimage to certain churches and enter their previously closed Holy Door, the symbolic barrier to sin that separates human beings from God.
This is the only Sunday that has a very special plenary indulgence attached to it.
If only other Catholic officials, especially those at the Vatican and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, could echo those of Maryknoll's leader -- "We are open to being further educated on this" -- we would have a less archaic approach to tobacco than a plenary indulgence for stopping for a day.
Part of the blessing is the remission of all temporal punishment due to sin through a plenary indulgence attached to the Papal blessing.
The Jubilee of Mercy is a special season when Catholics can gain plenary indulgence by doing a pilgrimage to a Jubilee church, shrine or basilica designated by their local bishop in their own country, without needing to fly to Rome.
24-25): "A Plenary Indulgence is granted to each member of the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin) each and every time they participate attentively in a sacred function or a devotional exercise undertaken in honour of the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed or conserved in the Tabernacle....