What do you mean by an indulgence, say, of forty days?

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An indulgence of forty days means that the Church liberates us from that amount of expiation of our sins which would be equal to a forty days’ public penance in the early Church. It does not mean forty days less purgatory. Such an indulgence is called a partial indulgence.

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