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Apostolic Pardon
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Apostolic Pardon

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Apostolic Pardon is an indulgence given for the remission of sins. The Apostolic Pardon is given by a priest, usually along with the Anointing of the Sick - especially in cases where a person who is in danger of death. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Apostolic Pardon was called the Apostolic Blessing.

According to the church, a person who is properly disposed who receives the Apostolic Pardon gains the complete pardon of all their sins. The Apostolic Pardon also has the effect of pardoning the person of all punishment due for their sins, and prepares the person for immediate entry into Heaven.


The current form of the Apostolic Pardon usually takes one of two forms;

The older form of the Apostolic Blessing is as follows;