OFFICE OF PAPAL CHARITIES
Information about Applying for Papal Blessing
1. Directly from the Office in Vatican City
The Office of Papal Charities within Vatican
City can be visited by entering the Saint Ann Gate (located to the right
of the colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square) during office hours: 9:00 to 12:30 noon, Monday through Saturday.
2. By letter or fax
Requests for Papal Blessings on parchment
can be sent to the Elemosineria Apostolica - Office of Papal Charities
only by regular post or by fax (but not by e-mail)
The request should include:
- the name, surname and address of
the person making the request;
- the name and surname of the
person(s) for whom the blessing is being requested;
- the reason or occasion
- the date, the name of the Church
and the address are required when the blessing is requested for the
celebration of a sacrament, a religious profession or an anniversary;
address to which the parchment is to
be mailed together with the payment (for the cost of preparing and mailing the
parchment in a tube or stiff envelope);
- for some specific occasions (nr. 3.), a
obstat is required from the parish priest or other ecclesiastical authority,
duly signed and sealed either at the bottom of the letter of request or in the
box of the module which can be downloaded below; the nihil obstat is a
written declaration that the persons receiving the papal blessing are practicing
The offering should be sent, only upon receiving the parchment, in Dollars or Euros using Bank Trasfer with the bank details included in
the blessing set or by Euro check to the order: Elemosineria
Apostolica – Cittą del Vaticano. The parchment, including postage, costs about €25/40 by priority mail or €30/45
by express courier, according to the formats offered by the office for the
The time required for receiving the parchment is approximately one
month from the date when the request is received.
Requests made by telephone are not admitted.
3. Circumstances for which parchment papal
blessings are granted
The Apostolic Blessing is granted for the
1. Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation
3. Priestly Ordination
4. Religious Profession
5. Secular Consecration
6. Ordinations of Permanent Deacons
7. Marriage Anniversaries (10, 25, 40, 50 ,
60 years)*, Priestly Ordination, Religious Profession
8. Birthdays (18, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100)*
9. Catholic individuals or families
(with name and surname of the spouses united in a religious marriage).
The asterisk (*) indicates the need for the
nihil obstat or approval of ecclesiastical authority.
Requests for papal blessings for other occasions
will not be accepted.
00120 Vatican City
||(+39) 06.69873279 - (+39) 06.69871100
(office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
[UTC+1 : CET - Central European Time])