An apostolic blessing is a blessing given by the pope, or those to whom he has given the faculty, and includes a plenary indulgence.
It is best known from solemn occasions, such as the election of a pope, Christmas and Easter, when the pope gives it from the loggia, or balcony, of St. Peter’s Basilica.
It may also be granted by any priest to those who are in danger of death, when it is also called the apostolic pardon.
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