As part of the ongoing promotion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the archdiocesan Office of Evangelization offers the following background on the “Jubilee Indulgence.”
The indulgence can be obtained by walking through the Holy Door at St. Louis Cathedral or by visiting the other specially designated pilgrimage sites listed below.
In addition to a pilgrimage, the jubilee indulgence may also be obtained through participating in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Whether one walks through the Holy Door, goes on pilgrimage, or participates in a work of mercy, it is necessary to receive holy Communion, participate in the sacrament of reconciliation, and pray for the Holy Father within three days to receive the grace of the indulgence.
For the sick and those unable to participate in a pilgrimage or work of mercy, Pope Francis has granted the ability to obtain the same jubilee indulgence by receiving holy Communion or participating in Mass through various means of communication (viewing or listening to the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass from St. Louis Cathedral on WLAE-TV or Catholic Community Radio, 690-AM).
Pope Francis also granted the jubilee indulgence to prisoners, stating they could receive the indulgence in their prison chapels.
In the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archbishop Aymond has designated the following churches as jubilee pilgrimage sites:
➤ Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Only Holy Door)
➤National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
➤Shrine of the Vietnamese Holy Martyrs
➤ St. Jude Shrine
➤National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
➤ St. Joseph Church and Shrine on the Westbank
➤ St. Joseph Abbey
➤ Divine Mercy Parish
➤ St. Ann Church and Shrine