The reality of purgatory is a definitive teaching of the Church binding upon the belief of all Catholics, as pronounced by the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1030. All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.
1031. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire
- The plenary indulgence for those who visit a cemetery and pray for the deceased is available throughout the entire month of November.
- The All Souls Day indulgence for those who visit a church or oratory, praying the Our Father and the Creed is available all month.
- The elderly and those not able to leave their homes may obtain the indulgence by praying for the dead in front of an image of Jesus or the Blessed Mother.
- Note that the other conditions (sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father) should be completed as soon as possible.