Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, Italy, on Monday.

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If you’re Christian, you might believe the keys to salvation are faith and good works. But a little Twitter might help get you to the Pearly Gates too.

You can now reduce the time your everlasting soul has to spend in purgatory by following tweets from Pope Francis and Catholic World Youth Day, an event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the pontiff will attend later this month.

The policy is a form of indulgence, a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic Church in which the temporal punishment for absolved sins is relieved. Since it’s a plenary indulgence, a believer gets total remission of sins and relief from penitence.

But that doesn’t mean you just click on “follow” and sin at will, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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