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CURRENT ISSUE:  September 8, 2008
VOL. 46, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
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for dedication of new cathedral

On Aug. 4, Bishop Vigneron received a decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome. Signed by Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, the decree recognizes the dedication of the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Sept. 25 and gives those in attendance the favor of a papal blessing with provisions for a plenary indulgence.

The indulgence is gained through and conditioned by a sacramental confession, the celebration of the Eucharist, and by prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.

The indulgence is also extended to those who have an intention to participate and are unable to attend, especially due to health considerations. These persons are encouraged to participate, in part and at delayed times, through television, radio or the Internet.

In fact, the papal blessing with the plenary indulgence is extended to all of the Christian faithful who would want to participate in this singular event for the diocese. Again, the provisions are the same as for those in attendance — sacramental confession, the celebration of the Eucharist and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, all in a spirit of detachment from sin.

This form of apostolic blessing will become part of the rhythmic breathing of our cathedral. A diocesan bishop within his own diocese may offer the papal blessing with plenary indulgence three times a year on solemn feasts.

After prayerful considerations and consultation, Bishop Vigneron has determined that the three feasts that occasion this blessing are: The Epiphany, feast of the Cathedral of Christ the Light; Easter, the summit of the Church’s liturgical life; and Sts. Peter and Paul, to celebrate the great apostle of Rome and the great missionary of the Church.

It is in a spirit of anticipation, we watch and wait for the events that will dedicate the Cathedral of Christ the Light and receive abundant blessings.

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