The Pontifical North American College

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request tickets to attend a papal event?

Tickets for papal events such as the Wednesday General Audience or papal Masses can be requested by emailing us at Tickets for all events are free of charge.

How do I attend the Holy Father’s Sunday Blessing?

The Holy Father blesses pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on most Sundays and solemnities during the year. For more information, please click here.

What do I need to wear?

Dress in good taste at papal events is required, and the following dress code will be enforced as pilgrims pass through the security check points:

  • Both shoulders and knees must be completely covered.
  • Shorts are not permitted.
  • Skirts should fall in length below the knee.
  • A head covering is not required, but you may find it useful in the Roman sun.

Does the Holy Father bless rosaries and other items?

At the conclusion of Papal Audiences, the Sunday Angelus, and Papal Masses, the Holy Father gives his Apostolic Blessing. This blessing is for you, your family, your loved ones, and any items for devotional use that you have brought with you to be blessed. Items such as rosaries, crucifixes, holy cards, or medals simply have to be with you to be blessed. The Holy Father has the intention of blessing these articles.

Where and when do I pick up my ticket?

Wednesday Papal Audience tickets are available for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. on the evening before the audience. Times for other events (Masses, Vespers, etc.) will be indicated in the personal response pilgrims receive from our office.

I attended a papal event last week. Where do I find the English translation of what the Holy Father presented?

Texts of the Holy Father’s teachings at the General Wednesday Audiences can be found, sorted by date, on the Vatican website. Pilgrims can also watch video from the audience they attended at that site.

Translations of the homilies given by Pope Francis at Masses or other papal liturgies are also published on the Vatican website.

I want to go to Mass in English while in Rome. Do you have any suggestions?

There is a weekly Mass in English offered every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Santo Spirito in Sassia. The Mass will finish in time for you to attend the Sunday Angelus Blessing at 12 noon with the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square. You are most welcome to attend!

I would like to order a Papal Blessing on Parchment – can you help me secure one? 

All Papal Blessings on Parchment are now distributed via the Holy See directly. Please see our page on Papal Blessings for more information.

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