Pope Benedict XVI has declared June 2008 - June 2009 a Year
of St Paul in celebration of the 2000th anniversary of the
apostles birth. It is reckoned that St Paul was born between
7 -10 A.D.
The Holy Father explained that:
"The Apostle of the
Gentiles, who dedicated himself to the spreading of the good
news to all peoples, spent himself for the unity and harmony
of all Christians. May he guide us and protect us in this
bimillenary celebration, helping
us to advance in the humble and sincere
search for the full unity of all
the members of the mystical body of Christ"
Pope Benedict XVI has granted the faithful a Plenary
Indulgence to mark the Year of St Paul.
How to gain the Plenary
the year of St. Paul we will be able to seek and obtain those
graces which we call "Indulgences" from the Treasury
of the Church. To gain such a Plenary Indulgence at this time,
we are asked to:
personal prayers before the Blessed Sacrament
the Our Father and the Creed with prayers in honour
of Our Lady and St. Paul
usual conditions of Confession, Communion and prayers for the Pope's intentions are also to be observed.
Within our own Archdiocese the Plenary Indulgence
may also be gained in churches dedicated to St. Paul in each
of three of our deaneries, as well as two churches dedicated
to the Apostles St. James, St Matthew and St. Peter in three
other of our deaneries as well as in St. Mary's Metropolitan
Cathedral, Edinburgh and in our Schoenstatt
Shrine at Clachan of Campsie, Lennoxtown."
The sick or those who legitimately cannot
leave their homes, can obtain the indulgence if they spiritually
unite themselves to a jubilee celebration in honour of St. Paul, offering their prayers and suffering to
God for the unity of Christians"
(This last part on the plenary
indulgence is adapted from the Archdiocesan Newsletter
of St. Andrews and Edinburgh)