• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Pope now offering indulgences in exchange for Twitter followers

July 18, 2013

Slate

Some annoying people reward their Twitter followers by following them back. Others offer discounts on products or services. Still others pay cash. But the Vatican just topped them all. Follow Pope Francis on Twitter during next week’s World Youth Day festivities in Brazil — or check out photos of the event on Pinterest — and you may get some time knocked off of your appointed stint in purgatory.

Sweet deal, right? I mean, even if you strongly suspect that purgatory is a thing that a bunch of charlatans made up a long time ago to take a little of the edge off of the whole heaven/hell dichotomy, a back-of-the-envelope Pascalian calculation would tell you that you might as well take the two seconds to click “follow” just in case.

Ah, but there’s a catch. As the most reverend Claudio Maria Celli of the august Pontifical Council for Social Communications told Italy’s Corriere Della Sera:

Yes, but be aware. You don’t get the indulgence the way you get a coffee from a vending machine. There’s no counter handing out certificates. To put it another way, it won’t be sufficient to attend the mass in Rio online, follow the Pope on your iPad or visit Pope2You.net. These are only tools that are available to believers.

What really matters is that the Pope’s tweets from Brazil, or the photos of World Youth Day that will be posted on Pinterest, should bear authentic spiritual fruit in the hearts of each one of us. Then even a youngster who is a very long way from Brazil and feels involved by a video, a simple text message or an email will be truly taking part in the World Youth Day and will receive the gift of the indulgence.

Well, to hell with it then. Or, I suppose, to hell with me.

© 2013, Slate

You may be interested

Joe Biden sworn in as new U.S. President
News
268 views
News
268 views

Joe Biden sworn in as new U.S. President

AFP - January 20, 2021

US President Joe Biden called for "unity" and pledged to be a president for "all Americans" at his inauguration in…

Death toll rises to 58 due to liquor adulterated with methanol
Costa Rica
3072 views
Costa Rica
3072 views

Death toll rises to 58 due to liquor adulterated with methanol

The Tico Times - January 20, 2021

At least 58 people have died since October in Costa Rica from the consumption of alcoholic beverages adulterated with methanol,…

Costa Rica not planning to require negative test for entry
Costa Rica
3078 views
Costa Rica
3078 views

Costa Rica not planning to require negative test for entry

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 20, 2021

Costa Rica is not planning to require that tourists test negative for the coronavirus before entering the country. The Tourism…