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PAPAL AUDIENCE

In recognition of the desire of people to see the Successor of St Peter and Christ's Vicar on Earth, Pope Francis makes time in his schedule to regularly meet with pilgrims to Rome to offer paternal greeting and spiritual advice.

Format

The Papal Audience generally follows the following format:

When

Pope Francis offers his General Audience each Wednesday at 10am. Security generally opens at 8am - 8:30am.

The Papal Audience in Rome obviously only occurs if the Pope is in Rome, but wherever he is staying on his travels, he usually finds time to greet the faithful.

During the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has also scheduled certain extra Jubilee Audiences on the following dates:

For a full list of the Papal Schedule click on the link.

Where

The Papal Audience occurs in the Paul VI hall in the Winter, and when the weather conditions are more favourable, then the Papal Audience can be in St Peter's Square. In the past Popes would escape the oppressive heat of August and take residence at Castel Gandolfo, and in such cases, the Papal Audience is conducted there. However, Pope Francis has so far decided to remain in the Vatican and the Papal Audience has remained in St Peter's Square even in the hottest months.

Rome

Winter Months: Paul VI Hall

Summer Months: Either St Peter's Square or Castel Gandolfo (see below)

Castel Gandolfo

In the hottest months when the Pope escapes the oppressive heat of Rome

Papal Audience Tickets

For all months except August (when the Vatican offices are closed), tickets are required for Papal Audiences. Tickets are always free.

Without Reservation

If you need less than 10 tickets then you can simply ask the Swiss Guards for some. They have a stash of tickets explicitly for pilgrims who ask for them without a reservation. The Swiss Guard stationed at the Bronze Door (just to the left of the metal detectors of St Peters and then first right) have some to give out, as do the Swiss Guard at Porta Anna.

However, please note that the Swiss Guard will only have tickets for the Papal Audience or Papal Mass the day before the event. Tickets will be given out from 3pm until 7pm the day before the scheduled Audience, and from 7am on the day.

With Reservation

For groups greater than 10, or if you wish to reserve your tickets in advance, you have 3 options.

  1. Prefecture of the Papal Household (see address and fax number at the bottom of this page): You must fax a request for tickets to +39 06 6988 5863. A request form can be found by clicking here.
  2. Pontifical North American College: The American seminary in Rome has a certain allocation of tickets for distribution to those who request them. Simply email your request to visitorsoffice@pnac.org.In your request, please include:
  3. Santa Susanna - the American church in Rome: You can fill out their online request form.

TICKETS FOR THE PAPAL AUDIENCE ARE ALWAYS FREE.