- Oct 24, 2020
Plenary or full indulgences traditionally obtained during the first week of November for the souls of the faithful in purgatory can now be gained throughout the entire month of November, the Vatican said.
Father John McHale of Ireland says he never heard of evil spirits being around on Halloween night growing up, noting how the U.S. has influenced the holiday in Ireland. “What I did hear related to the souls of the family that needed prayer, because of the strong belief in purgatory and a belief in the power of indulgences to set them free from purgatory. You had that duty to make sure that you prayed for the souls of the dead on Nov. 2.”
The need of fellow believers who have died with the mark of faith is what compels other believers to pray for them.