SUNBURY — The world can watch and participate as Pope Francis gives a special blessing via a live video stream from Rome this afternoon.

The pope will impart the urbi et orbi (to the city and the world) blessing at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT), which is 6 p.m. in Rome. The blessing will be livestreamed on the Vatican News website (www.vaticannews.va). 

Francis also will grant a plenary indulgence to all those who participate. 

In the Roman Catholic Church, an indulgence is the remission of a temporal punishment brought about by sin, according to study.com. The website states that according to the Church, a partial indulgence removes part of one's punishment or suffering, while a plenary indulgence removes all of one's punishment or suffering.

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