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Plenary Indulgence

Gaining a Plenary Indulgence when visiting the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church, which, as minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasurey of the satisfaction of Christ and saints.

An indulgence is partial or plenary accordingly as it removes either part of, or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead. [Indulgentiarum doctrina, Norms 1-3]

The faithfu who devoutly visit the Cathedral Baslilica of Our Lady of Peace and within it participate in any sacred rite, or at least recite the Lord's Prayer and the Profession of Faith, may obtain a plenary indulgence on each of the following days:
  • January 23 - Memorial of St. Marianne Cope
  • May 10 - Memorial of St. Damien of Molokai and anniversary of the granting of the title Basilica to the Cathedral
  • June 29 - Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles
  • July 9 - Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, patroness of the Diocsese of Honolulu and of the Cathedral Basilica
  • August 16 - Anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral
  • November 2 - All Souls' Day
  • Once a year, each of the faithful may freely choose a special day for themselves.

To gain the plenary indulgence, the following usual conditions must be met:

  • sacramental confession, with an intention to renounce all attachment to sin
  • reception of Eucharistic Communion
  • prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff 

Basilica Decree in English

Bishop Silva's Reflection on the Elevation of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace to the Status of Minor Basilica