WORSHIP

    papal blessings and Audiences

    general questions

    What is a Papal Blessing?
    The Holy Father offers blessings for Catholics for special occasions such as Baptisms, Confirmations, marriages, birthdays, and anniversaries. A general blessing from the Pope for no specific occasion may also be requested.  Papal blessings come in the form of printed certificates or parchment with the name(s) of the recipient(s) and the occasion inscribed on them. Many people treasure these certificates as important symbols of sacraments and other special occasions. 

    How do I obtain a Papal Blessing?

    Requests for papal blessings must  be written on parish letterhead with the parish seal and the signature of the pastor  of the recipient(s).  The following instructions  apply to requests for parishioners within the Diocese of Arlington.  Note:   if the person(s) for whom you are requesting a blessing live outside the  diocese, you will need to contact their diocese for instructions.
    Call the parish secretary at  least three months before you need the blessing. The secretary will tell you  the specifics for obtaining the letter from the pastor.
    The following information is  required in your request:

    • The  occasion for the blessing.  If you are  requesting a general blessing, please indicate that there is no specific  occasion.
    • The date of the occasion. For any sacrament, also give the name of the Catholic Church, city, and state where the occasion is to take place.
    • The  names exactly as they should appear on the blessing.  For a wedding, the bride’s maiden name must  be given.
    • The  diocese of the person(s) receiving the blessing.
    • The  name and address of the person to whom the blessing should be mailed.
                              
      NOTE:  Parchment  papal blessings are mailed in 18-inch mailing tubes.  If your address is a  post office box that is not at least 18” long, please provide a non-P.O. Box  address for delivery, such as your office, your parish, etc. 

    Finally, include a check made  out to “Catholic Diocese of Arlington” in the amount specified for type of  blessing you would like (see amounts below).

    How long will it take before I receive my Papal Blessing?
    Since the letter must be processed at the  Chancery and then sent to Rome where the blessings are issued, the whole  process will take at least 3-4 weeks and up to about 3 months. 

    What kinds of Papal Blessings are available?
    Papal blessings are available  in two formats:

    • Printed  certificate ($25).   Please allow a  minimum of 3-4 weeks for this option.
    • Parchment  with calligraphy ($50).  Please allow 3  months for this option.

    Papal Audiences 

    I am going to Rome and I want to see the Holy Father, is that possible?
    The Pope holds Papal Audiences at the Vatican most Wednesdays, tickets are necessary to see the Pope on these dates. Requests for tickets must be made at least 3 months in advance! If you are planning on making a trip to Rome, please start the process soon. 

    What is the process for requesting tickets to Papal Audiences?
    Call your parish secretary. All requests must be signed by the pastor of the individual requesting the audience. A letter will be sent from the parish to the Chancery with the following information.

    • Name, address, and phone, of the individual(s) requesting the Papal Audience.
    • The parish in which they are registered.
    • Dates of arrival in and departure from Rome.
    • Address and phone number while in Rome.
    • Number of tickets requested.
    • Date they are requesting to attend the Papal Audience.

    For more information about Papal Audiences and visiting Rome please see:

    http://www.pnac.org/general/visiting_vatican.htm#see%20pope