The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.
The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium.
Vatican officials, noted however, that to obtain indulgences over the internet or otherwise, believers would first have to confess their sins, offer prayers and attend Mass. You can follow the “rites and pious exercises” of WYD on Pope App.
Pope App (Free) iOS and Android For up-to-date (even live!) content connecting you with all things papal, it’s a great addition to your mobile app world. NEW POPE’S ENCYCLICAL LUMEN FIDEI is available to read! This app was developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications utilizing Vatican News Service as an all-access pass to Pope Francis with official papal-related content in a variety of formats: news and official speeches, galleries with the latest images and videos, access to his calendar, and links to other services of the Holy See along with video (live and on demand) of important events. You can read and watch everything surrounding the final days of Benedict XVI’s pontificate AND the first public addresses and prayers of Pope Francis I. Get timely ALERTS and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican’s many news outlets. A great app to have handy to pick up all the latest official material coming out of Vatican news services during this historic time in Church history. Not to be confused with the Pope2U app which is primarily news oriented, Pope App delves into a wide array of media sources of all things papal. The interface is similar to Facebook’s mobile app, so it is intuitive to those users.The 6 Vatican web cams stream live too. 5 languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.