Indulgences in the 21st century: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter

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Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What is the problem with purgatory?

Carm, answers it this way:

  1. It is not explicitly found in the Bible.
  2. It implies that the righteousness of Christ does not cleanse from all sin.
  3. It implies that justification is not by faith alone.
  4. It implies that there is something we must do in order to be cleansed of sin.

You can read more about it here- http://carm.org/purgatory

You can also read about Martin Luther’s reformation and break away from the Catholic Church, over the corrupt practice of selling indulgences, here – http://www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses

PHOTO below via www.patheos.com

Now, here’s the story via the Independent (a UK online newspaper)

Court in charge of forgiveness of sins says those that follow upcoming event via social media will be granted indulgences.

Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.

Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil,  forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.

The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.

The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium.

Vatican officials, noted however, that to obtain indulgences over the internet or otherwise, believers would first have to confess their sins, offer prayers and attend Mass.

“You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine,” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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