What is Purgatory? According to Catholic theology, purgatory is a place where your temporal sins are burned from you. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church â€śall who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified are indeed assured of their eternal salvation: bur after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.â€ť In other words, even if you are saved you must receive the punishment for your sins. Does this sound like the â€śgood newsâ€ť spoken of in the Bible? According to the Catholic Church there are ways to lesson or avoid purgatory. Some ways to avoid this burning punishment are indulgences, saying prayers, having a mass said on your behalf, doing the sign of the cross, and even good works. What is an indulgence? There are two kinds of indulgences. A partial indulgence will only cover some of your punishment whereas a plenary indulgence frees you from purgatory altogether. One must perform sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the Pope along with the specific orders, to receive a plenary indulgence. Listen to today's podcast and learn more.