The Archive preserves records of every detail, every event, every nuance of the history of Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano. Indulgences stand out among them for their number and importance. They form a dedicated section in the Historical Archive’s organisation defined by Ettore Verga in the early 20thcentury (section II, documents from 1387 to 1818).
The term indulgence is defined by Canon Law as the remission of temporal punishment for sins that have already been remitted as regards guilt, and is dispensed by the Church to the faithful who are duly prepared and who meet certain conditions.
Many indulgences have been granted over the centuries in the history of Duomo di Milano. Their study offers interesting insights into the evolution of this practice, from the first indulgences that were offered to those who supported construction works of the nascent cathedral to others, which followed over the centuries, linked to precise liturgical and historical moments or places of the Duomo.
One of these is the tabernacle, for which Pope Pius IV granted a special indulgence, as we read in this study: http://bit.ly/PiusLegacy