People contact me all the time about how to order a Papal Blessing. Years ago, every gift shop in Rome sold them – technically, they sold the parchment, then the Pope blessed them. With Pope Francis, they were all brought in-house and now every penny goes to the poor.
If you are in Rome, you can stop by the office and order a blessing. Otherwise, you’ll need to physically mail or fax in your order. No phone or email requests accepted.
Here’s the official Papal Blessing link on the Vatican site with a link to download the order form.
Apostolic Blessings are only permitted for the following occasions:
- Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation
- Priestly Ordination
- Religious Profession
- Secular Consecration
- Ordinations of Permanent Deacons
- Marriage Anniversaries (10, 25, 40, 50 , 60 years)*, Priestly Ordination, Religious Profession
- Birthdays (18, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100)*
- 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.
A very unique and trusting thing the Vatican does for the blessings… you pay only after you receive your order.