"Open Church" (VIII and IX episode) - We explain how it works during the pandemic coronavirus general absolution given by the confessors in this time of severe social and health crisis

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"CHURCH OPEN» (VIII and IX episode) - VI EXPLAIN HOW IT WORKS DURING THE PANDEMIC OF THE ACQUITTAL CORONAVIRUS GENERAL GIVEN BY CONFESSORS IN THIS TIME OF GRAVE CRISIS OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH

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We offer our readers this third precious videos of our esteemed brother John Zanchi, priest of the Diocese of Arezzo, so that it can also serve as an effective and wise antidote to all those who unfortunately, at this time of extraordinary crisis and emergency, They have nothing better to do than argue, often in harsh and aggressive tone, against decisions taken by our bishops for safety reasons to protect public health: suspend the sacred celebrations and in many cases close the churches. Recall that the Church, during crises and emergencies, It has never been saved by the controversy of those who stand for all time the most faithful among the faithful or to the purest of the pure, but the unit. Someone has written these days that "the bishops are committing suicide the Italian Church". Unfortunately he did not understand anything of the essence of the Catholic faith: The Church “If suicide” attacking the bishops, instead follow them and support them in a moment of so severe test.

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VIDEO SHOOTING AND ASSEMBLY BY THE ISSUER TELESANDOMENICO (AREZZO)

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TEXT OF THE VIDEO

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The texts of Father John Zanchi, director of the Pastoral Center Divine Worship of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, They are not meant as articles but as audio-narrative texts. We proceeded to transcribe audio text for our Readers.

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John Zanchi

Welcome to the eighth installment of Open Church!

In this time of a pandemic the churches of stone and bricks remain open, without public celebrations, as a sign of Open Church that remains opened to the glory of God and for the salvation of mankind.

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The ecclesiastical and civil authorities They have adopted exceptional measures to contain the pandemic and making it difficult to receive Holy Communion and other sacraments, including Confession; difficult, but not impossible. The Church also remains open to sinners in ensuring the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation with God.

First, for those who are not sick it is not impossible to confession, putting into practice the recently Rules issued by the Bishops according to the criteria of prudence: that is, to meet with the priest in ventilated places, keeping the safety distance but still guaranteeing the confidentiality of the accusation of sins and also wearing disposable gloves and an airway protection mask. No shortage of priests implementing those prudential rules with great pastoral creativity (as seen in this image - Ed on audio-video).

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Different is unfortunately the situation of those infected hospitalized in Hospitals, especially in intensive care units; Priests often fail to achieve them, not because they like it, but because they are hampered by a lack of safeguards against contagion (tute, gloves, masks) and therapies protocols. So the Pope, through the Apostolic Penitentiary, the 20 last March issued precise and multiple provisions, to reach even the seriously ill the gift of the sacramental forgiveness of sins [cf WHO]. For example, to ensure the necessary spiritual assistance to the sick and dying, the Pope suggested to the Bishops, If necessary, to form groups of "extraordinary hospital chaplains" even on a voluntary basis, according to the health authorities and in compliance with the rules for protection from infection. This is certainly the best way to guarantee spiritual assistance to hospitalized and especially the sacrament of Confession.

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In this regard, allow me to state the Pope and the Bishops They should invoke state laws that already exist to obtain that priests have free access to the sick, with the same caution they use doctors. Many hospital chaplains are also state employees, so they must be enabled to carry out its mission. If doctors entering and leaving the wards with due caution, just as it must be possible to Chaplains. In many places are the same doctors to apply for this work, first of all for himself same. Moreover, the Pope reminded the bishops that, in this emergency situation, they may use a particular form of the sacrament of Confession namely the collective absolution of penitents; the latter are exempt from the charge on time staff of one's sins to a priest, but they must emit an act of perfect contrition, which necessarily includes the vote to accuse one's sins to a priest earliest possible.

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The Apostolic Penitentiary It acknowledged that "Reconciliation of several penitents with general confession and absolution" is now to be implemented especially in places most affected by the pandemic infection and until it will not cease. The Bishop of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, S. AND: Mons. Riccardo Fontana (Ed Diocese to which belongs the author of the audio-video), He was the first in Italy to impart in this form the Sacrament of Reconciliation; the morning of 19 March went at the San Donato of Arezzo, where are also hospitalized patients of coronavirus; the patients had been previously warned and were able to follow the course of the ritual through the diocesan broadcaster Telesandomenico, spiritually uniting himself to the Bishop who absolved them.

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At last, in this situation There can be quarantined sick and dying quite unable to receive sacramental absolution; in that case, The pope recently reminded that they can receive God's forgiveness of their sins by issuing an act of perfect contrition, including the firm purpose of confessing if and as soon as it will be possible for them.

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Most of the mass media He has devoted only a few superficial mention of these measures taken by the Church to facilitate as much as possible the use of sacramental Reconciliation, with the risk that steps in the minds of this type of message: "Then I can also confess to me only, no need for a priest!"and: "The Church of changing many things; now well on the way to confess!». In reality it is not so. Holy Mother Church has always celebrated in various forms the sacrament of Confession, depending on the circumstances and the possibilities, true to its fundamental principle: the salvation of souls is the supreme law.

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Furthermore, the Holy Mother Church He has always taught that God forgives the sins of those who are sincerely repentant of them committed, not only because they fear eternal damnation, but because they have offended God and therefore firmly resolve to sin no more. This is what we say in 'Pain act: "My God, I regret it and I regret with all my heart for my sins, because sinning I deserved your punishment, and much more because I offended you, infinitely good and worthy of being loved above all else. I propose, with your holy aid, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Lord, Mercy, forgive me!».

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That contrition of the penitent is the heart of the sacrament of Confession is also demonstrated by the fact that the priest can not absolve a penitent not properly repented and received God's grace through sacramental absolution helping us to mature the perfect contrition, then to be converted from sin because we love God, not only because we fear. At the same time it is always true that contrition for sins committed is perfect because it necessarily includes the accusing vote for their sins before the Confessor, earliest possible.

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In this episode of Open Church We hinted at a complex and sensitive subject, looking in the little time available to be clear and concise. Sacramental Confession is a topical, because our spiritual preparation for Easter continues in this Lenten time in quarantine; "Confession at least once a year and Communion at least at Easter," it remains one of the General Precepts of the Church, the bare minimum to do to say that Catholic Christians.

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Reflecting on the importance of the sacrament of Penance We remind us of our duties in normal time: always live in God's grace, always take advantage of opportunities for confession, know the truths of faith and the norms of Christian conduct, pray often for the grace of a happy death (ie comforted by the Sacraments). So we will always be spiritually ready, although the emergency sopraggiungerà! Anyhow, Now it is important to realize that the Open Church, also to give to men in every way possible the forgiveness of sins and thus to ensure the eternal salvation of souls, which remains the most important thing of all.

A resent the next episode of Open Church.

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Sansepolcro (Arezzo), 24 March 2020

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VIDEO SHOOTING AND ASSEMBLY BY THE ISSUER TELESANDOMENICO (AREZZO)

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TEXT OF THE VIDEO

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John Zanchi

The texts of Father John Zanchi, director of the Pastoral Center Divine Worship of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, They are not meant as articles but as audio-narrative texts. We proceeded to transcribe audio text for our Readers.

Welcome to a new edition of Open Church!

The topic of this episode IX It is a continuation of the previous one: the Church even in time of a pandemic remains opened to ensure the reconciliation of sinners with God. After pointing out how it is possible in this time of social emergency administer the sacrament of Confession, We mention now to the practice of Indulgences, because in recent days there have been promulgated new.

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We start from a basic premise: the sinner freed from the guilt of sin through the sacrament of Confession, still it has to serve the punishment due for sin; In fact, God is merciful to the same time but also fair. For this, with sacramental absolution, the confessor priest also assigns a penance to be done. Who does not fully atoned for in this mortal life the due punishment for their sins, I will have to do necessarily in the Hereafter, if he dies in the grace of God; then we might as well do penance as much as possible now.

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The sacraments of Baptism and Confession, Holy Mother Church frees us from the guilt of sin; with the indulgences then it helps us to atone for the punishment due for sins.

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Deepen now this topic: a church that was never closed and will remain open for eternity is that of Paradise. The Madonna in body and soul, the Angels, Saints and other souls of the saved already enjoy the vision of God and intercede for us at the same time still journey towards the common homeland of heaven. During their earthly life, Mary and the Saints have gained by the grace of God supernatural merits; acquistatici joined the infinite merits of Christ the Redeemer with his sacrifice on the cross, these supernatural merits of the saints are the "treasure" of satisfaction to divine justice, "Treasure" that the Church puts at our disposal to help us to repent of our sins and to better attain the eternal bliss.

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Duly prepared faithful (confessed and communicated) and who meet certain conditions established (exclusion of any affection for sin, fulfillment of prescribed work, recitation of the Our Father and the Creed, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff), get the gift of abbreviation (A partial indulgence) or even the cancellation (plenary indulgence) the due punishment for their sins, satisfying divine justice by drawing on the supernatural "treasure" of the merits of the Saints. Said "in a nutshell": it is as if a debtor extinguished its debt because a benefactor gives you free of charge the necessary money he does not have. It should be noted that some indulgences can also be applied to the soul of a deceased, by way of suffrage.

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Anyone wishing to explore the doctrine and practice regarding the indulgences can read the following document: Apostolic Penitentiary, Manual of Indulgences, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 20084.

In this Lenten time in quarantine, the Pope has issued precise instructions, not only because the faithful are helped to continue to receive the sacrament of Confession, but also to help the faithful to continue to do penance for their sins and come spiritually renewed at the next Easter. The popular media do not pay attention to the new Indulgences newly promulgated; for this you need to talk about it, so that the faithful are aware of and can enjoy them.

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The decree issued by the Apostolic Penitentiary in data 20 last March is easily available via the Internet [cf WHO]. Here let me summarize the main points of the papal decree: the "faithful affections Coronavirus, undergo regime for the disposal of sanitary quarantine in hospitals or in their homes, "get the plenary indulgence" if, with a spirit detached from any sin, They will join spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, the devotion of the Via Crucis or other forms of devotion, or if at least recite the Creed, the Our Father and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, providing this evidence in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards our brothers, with the intention of fulfilling the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father), as soon as they can ". "Under the same conditions" may obtain a Plenary Indulgence 'caregivers, family members and how many, example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, Coronavirus assist the sick ". Even the faithful that "offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or reciting of the Holy Rosary, or pious exercise of the Via Crucis, or recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from God the Almighty epidemic termination, relief for those who are afflicted and the eternal salvation of those whom the Lord called to himself can also benefit from the Plenary Indulgence. The plenary indulgence can also be achieved by the faithful that on his deathbed he was unable to receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum: In this case we recommend the use of the crucifix or the cross ".

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The ordinary way of expiating the punishment due for sins is first to perform their duties and endure the hardships of life, raising the soul with humble trust to God (cf Manual of Indulgences, cit., p. 37); therefore, put themselves or their goods at the service of the brothers who are in need and do so in a spirit of faith and merciful mood (place, p. 40). The two works just mentioned are extremely relevant and urgent in the present calamity and are also within everyone's reach. The Holy Church in fact has now indulgenced such works, thus helping us to enhance a supernatural spirit what is happening to us.

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"All things work together for good to them that love God" (RM 8, 28), He reveals the apostle St. Paul; "The sins", chiosava St. Augustine of Hippo; Also the pandemic, we add. Praying God and doing good to get the next new Indulgences, we can transform this time sacrifices in a powerful supernatural opportunity to do good to ourselves, as well as to our next.

A resent the next episode of Open Church.

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Sansepolcro (Arezzo), 24 March 2020

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