Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from November 27, 2016 until November 26, 2017. In a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal to obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
For the faithful who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are homebound or confined, they may pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions on the 13th of each month between May and October 2017. They must also “offer to merciful God with confidence, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”
Excerpts from EWTN-
An indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471). An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment (time in purgatory) due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. Indulgences are granted through the ministry of the Church which, as the dispenser of the grace of redemption, distributes the treasury of the merits of Christ and the Saints.
The faithful Christian who is duly disposed, gains the indulgence under certain prescribed conditions and through the performance of certain prescribed works. The indulgence can be obtained for oneself or applied to someone who has died. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions and the performance of certain prescribed works.
To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
A plenary indulgence removes full remission of all temporal punishment due to past sins which have been forgiven. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day.
A partial indulgence removes only part of the temporal punishment due to past sins which have been forgiven.