The Catholic Church still offers indulgences? How did I not know about this?
“In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering “indulgences” to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets…Mindful of the faithful who cannot afford to fly to Brazil, the Vatican’s sacred apostolic penitentiary, a court which handles the forgiveness of sins, has also extended the privilege to those following the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.
“That includes following Twitter,” said a source at the penitentiary, referring to Pope Francis’ Twitter account, which has gathered seven million followers. “But you must be following the events live. It is not as if you can get an indulgence by chatting on the internet.”
I thought exchanging actions/money for time off of one’s purgatorial existence went out of fashion years ago.
How are the rest of us supposed to compete with that? Follow me on twitter all you get are half-assed movie recommendations. Alas. Go forth, and re-tweet thyself into the kingdom.