pope imageAs a part of a greater effort to use social media to connect with Catholics worldwide, the Pope will start relieving punishment for your sins via social media.

According to the Vatican’s Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary publication, Pope Francis will be giving “plenary indulgences” — which is a special act that is said to reduce time in purgatory — to his Twitter followers.


The Pope typically offers indulgences to those who see him in person, but for the first time this year, it will extend to virtual visits, too.

The decision was made as the Pope gears up to visit the World Youth Festival in Brazil next week where Catholics will be able to follow the “rites and pious exercises” that the Pope will do.

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