papal audience

Would you be excited to meet Pope Francis? There are many pilgrims who, when they travel to Rome, want to see up close and meet the Supreme Pontiff.

If you are interested in a papal audience or in receiving the blessing at the Angelus, here is all the information on the events in the presence of the Holy Father.

Therefore, once you know the dates on which you are going to travel to Rome, you must plan your visit to the Vatican and the availability of dates to meet the Pope.

general audience on wednesday

If the Pope is in Rome, every Wednesday his papal blessing takes place in St. Peter’s Square. The audience begins at 9:30 in the morning, but the Holy Father begins it with a tour among the faithful gathered in the Vatican at 9 in the morning. If you would like to see it up close, it is advisable to arrive at the place before the scheduled time, around 8:30. Bear in mind that you have to arrive with the necessary time to pass the security controls as well as the inevitable waiting lines and try to get the best seat. The event itself is a celebration with readings and songs in Italian; but it was also intervened in other languages. The event concludes with a prayer in Latin. At the end of the audience, Pope Francis walks around the room again, trying to please all the faithful, imparting his blessing, particularly the sick.


Catholic couples married during the two months prior to the date of the hearing, will be able to enjoy a special location and very close to His Holiness. To request it, the parish priest who officiated the wedding must send a letter to the Holy See indicating their names, the date of their wedding and the name of the Catholic church in which they were married. It is essential that the newlyweds carry with them the Catholic sacramental marriage certifi

Vatican Ceremonies

Papal audiences are held in the open air, in St. Peter’s Square. If the weather does not allow it, they will be held inside the Basilica of Saint Peter and/or in the Audience Hall, depending on the day, the inscriptions…


To participate in a papal audience in the Vatican, a prior reservation is required, which can be made through the Prefecture of the Papal Household or through a private agency that carries out the procedures.Book your ticket for the papal audience now!

An agency

The option of making the reservation through an agency is the most comfortable option. When the reservation is made through a specialized company, in addition to the guaranteed access ticket, it is usually accompanied by a guide who accompanies you to your seat and gives a historical and artistic explanation of the visit.

Through the Prefecture of the Papal Household

It can be difficult to obtain a ticket, especially due to the difficulty of the Vatican system, which does not have an online method.

You must download a form here and send it completed to the Prefecture of the Papal Household. 00120 Vatican City or send a fax: +39 06 6988 5863. The message must indicate the date of the general audience, the number of tickets requested, the name of the people (or group), e-mail, postal address , Telephone and fax.

The tickets for the audiences, totally free, must be picked up at the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, in Vatican City, located at the Portone di Bronzo (St. Peter’s Square, colonnade on the right), from the Tuesday before the chosen audience, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Or, during the same morning of the act from 07:30 a.m.

More information here.

Sunday Angelus 

Every Sunday, if the Pope is in Rome, he appears through the window of the Papal apartments at 12 in the morning, and the Angelus is celebrated, a short homily that ends with a general blessing. The act lasts approximately 20 minutes and does not require a ticket. Just stand in St. Peter’s Square with a view of the Papal Apartments, the windows in the building to the right of the Basilica. 

Private audience 

Having a private audience with Pope Francis is a dream for many people but practically impossible. It is very difficult to get an appointment due to the complicated schedule of His Holiness, but if you do not want to miss your opportunity, write to the Vatican and request it. If you want to know all the celebrations presided over by the Holy Father that the Vatican offers for this year, go to its website and find out about them.

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