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Pope Offers Indulgences To Twitter Followers

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Rather, Celli told The Associated Press, a Catholic seeking an indulgence for participating in Rio -- either physically or virtually-- must truly be contrite and have a moment of deepening faith.

According to church teaching, Catholics who confess their sins are forgiven of the eternal, or spiritual punishment of damnation. An indulgence is designed to remove the "temporal" punishment of sin that may remain.

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