A-Z: General definitions: Indulgence


The practice in the medieval Christian Church of issuing pardons, in return for acts of giving or pilgrimage to holy places, which were believed to reduce part of the punishment which individuals would have been due to suffer in Purgatory. It was a practice strongly condemned by many who sought reform of the Church, especially Martin Luther, who stressed that God's mercy could only be received through repentance and faith.

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