Catholics participating in the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19 will be able to receive a plenary indulgence for doing so. In a December 20th letter, the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington explained, “In virtue of the authority granted by our Holy Father, Pope Francis… a plenary indulgence can be obtained under the usual conditions…by the Christian faithful who are truly penitential and compelled by charity, if they take part in the sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called ‘March for Life,’”
The 45th annual March for Life will take place at the National Mall January 19. This year, the theme for the March is “Love Saves Lives.” There are a number of other events in and around the DC area which individuals who wish to obtain the plenary indulgence may engage in as well. These include the Youth Rally and Mass at Capital One Area, the adult and family rally at St. Matthews Cathedral, or the Prayer Vigil for Life at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.