Purgatory and indulgences explained in 5 tweets or less

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La Divina Commedia di Dante (Dante and the Divine Comedy). Fresco in the nave of the Duomo of Florence, Italy. Photo courtesy Domenico di Michelino [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (http://bit.ly/11h8Es3)

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(RNS) Like most things involving centuries of hard-fought theology, indulgences and purgatory are a little more complicated than you might think.