Request a Papal Blessing

As of March 10, 2019, Papal Blessings requests can only be made online or in person at the Office of Papal Charities at the Vatican.

To apply for a blessing online, please visit the Elemosineria Apostolica website at:

Circumstances and Occasions

Papal blessings are only granted for the following occasions:

  1. Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation
  2. Marriage
  3. Priestly Ordination
  4. Religious Profession
  5. Ordination of Permanent Deacons
  6. Anniversary (10, 25, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 years) of Marriage*, Priestly Ordination, Religious Profession
  7. Birthday (18, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 years)*

When an asterisk (*) is given, the person ordering the parchment is asked to make a “declaration of eligibility” (in other words, that the persons for whom the Blessing is intended are both Catholic and practicing), expressed simply by a short declaration, by one’s own responsibility, agreeing to the necessary conditions.

Requests for papal blessings for occasions other than those indicated cannot be considered.