Grandparents and elderly Catholics may obtain a Plenary Indulgence, as decreed by the Apostolic Penitentiary, on the third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly July 23.
A plenary indulgence offers remission of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven, which can be applied to oneself or to the souls in Purgatory.
Available if the usual conditions – sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the intentions of the Pope – are fulfilled, the Plenary Indulgence will be granted to grandparents, the elderly, and all faithful who participate in the solemn celebration presided over by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as to all those who attend Mass in various parts of the world.
The indulgence will also be granted to the faithful who devote adequate time, in person or through virtual communication, to visiting the elderly in need or difficulty, and to those who themselves are sick, elderly and unable to leave their homes.
A copy of the decree may be found HERE on the Vatican website.