The Camino Plenary Indulgence
You can get the Camino Plenary Indulgence (also known as “The Jubilee”), by walking the Camino’s last 100km or Cycling the Camino’s last 200km to Santiago de Compostela. The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). An Indulgence is the complete remission of all temporal punishment (time spent in purgatory) up to that point in a person’s life. Individuals can gain Plenary Indulgences for themselves and also for the deceased.
To gain Plenary Indulgence, individuals must:
- Visit the Cathedral of Santiago, where the Tomb of Saint James the Great lies.
- Say a prayer: at least the Apostle’s Creed, the Our Father and a prayer for the intentions of the Pope. It is also recommended that the individual attend Mass.
- Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (go to confession) and Eucharist (go to communion) within the 15 days before or after the visit to the Cathedral.
Indulgences can be gained at other times in the year through the performance of other acts of devotion. These are outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
You can get Camino Plenary indulgence by taking the following Camino de Santiago routes:
- Walking Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago, Last 100km
- Cycling Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Santiago, Last 200km
- Walking Camino Portugues from Vigo to Santiago, last 100km
- Cycling Camino Portugues from Porto to Santiago, last 200km
- See all the Camino’s last 100km walking sections here, and the Camino cycle’s last 200km