Papal Blessings and Correspondence


If you wish to write to the Pope, please use the following address:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Secretariat of State
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Please note that Pope Francis does not have a public email address

For other Vatican officials the format is the following:

Different types of papal parchments hang in the "Elemosineria", the office of the Vatican Almoner, at the Vatican. The office funds its charity work by producing papal parchments that the faithful can buy for a particular occasion. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cardinal Peter Turkson (by way of illustration)
Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
0120 Vatican City
Please do not write “Italy” on the envelope, as the Vatican is a sovereign nation.

Papal blessing requests must be submitted directly to the Office of Papal Charities in person or online. Proceeds will be given to the poor in the name of the Holy Father.

To learn about what is required, circumstances for which blessings are granted, and the suggested donation, please see the website of the Office of Papal Charities.

From the time the request is received, it takes about a month for the blessing to reach you. Times may be prolonged due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s possible to make a donation online, please read the terms and conditions here.