Pope and the Vatican
TICKETS FOR PAPAL AUDIENCES:
On most Wednesdays throughout the year, Pope Francis holds a public audience in St. Peter's Square in front of St. Peter's Basilica. Tickets are required for entrance to the Square. We can assist visitors to Rome in obtaining tickets. To request tickets to the Wednesday Papal Audience, please click here .
There will be audiences on the four Wednesdays of August in the Paul VI Auditorium. However, for these audiences, tickets are not necessary for anyone and are not distributed at all. The Pope’s schedule through December 2015 can now be found on the Vatican website, http://www.vatican.va/various/prefettura/index_en.html Please note that there will not be an audience on September 23 as the Pope will be in the United States. We have no information about Pope Francis' trip to the US nor do we have access to any events there. We do not provide tickets to other Papal events, such as Masses and Canonizations. There will also be no Papal Audiences on November 25 or December 23.
Once you have requested your audience tickets, you must pick them up in person the day before the audience at the Santa Susanna Parish Office between 4:30 and 6:15 PM. The Papal Audiences are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM in St. Peter’s Square. To enter the Square, you will have to go through security first (through the colonnade on either side, as directed by the guards.) Just follow the crowds and go early! We recommend that you arrive 3 hours early in order to get a good seat. The Audience is not a Mass; it is a time for pilgrims and visitors to greet and listen to the Pope. Pictures are allowed to be taken. Religious articles will be blessed by the Pope during the Audience. It lasts about 1 ½ hours and includes prayers, singing, a brief homily, and blessings, all in different languages. DRESS appropriately (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and don’t bring backpacks or knapsacks. If there is heavy rain, and having the audience outside in not possible, the attendees are split into two groups, one group in the Audience Hall and one group in the Basilica.
Because of the volume of requests we receive, we cannot always send you an email confirming your ticket request. If your email or fax went through, please presume that we have received your request and will put tickets aside for you. If you are concerned to re-confirm your request you can telephone us here in Rome, however this is NOT NECESSARY. And please, please, let us know if you are cancelling and do not double book with the Bishops Visitors Center. It really is not necessary.
Please click here to order tickets.
REGARDING NEWLYWED AUDIENCE TICKETS: If you would like these tickets, you will need to apply directly to the Prefect of the Papal Household, fax number (+39).06.6988.5863, and then pick them up yourselves at the Bronze Doors to the right of St. Peter’s Basilica. Please remember, however, that to receive these tickets you need to have been married in a Catholic Church eight weeks or less on the day of the audience, and you will need to prove this with an authentic Church marriage certificate. Provide them with a fax number so that they can send you the letter that will allow you to claim these tickets. They do not respond to email. And though it’s not required, it is best to wear your wedding outfits, or something similar.
The Sunday Angelus is led by the Pope in Saint Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) at 12 Noon. Tickets are not required.
With the exception of August, tickets are required for all papal celebrations. However we at Santa Susanna are able to provide tickets ONLY for the Wednesday General Audiences. We are not able to provide tickets for Papal Masses. ALL PAPAL AUDIENCE AND LITURGICAL CELEBRATION TICKETS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
For Mass times at the four basilicas, click on Basilicas. For Museum hours, including how to make reservations for the Scavi Tour, click on Museums. Please check all the other parts of this website to make your trip to Rome as enjoyable and exciting as possible.
As Romans Do is still available for mailing (not by email however). This 144 page guide to Rome and Santa Susanna is a real treasure. It is an excellent guide to visitors, pilgrims and new residents coming to Rome. It makes all kinds of recommendations for what to see and do, and provides opening times and costs for various museums and other places of interest. It also includes 8 pages of Tips on getting around the city while you are here. We would be happy to mail you a copy of this book. Please send Fr. Greg your name and address and we will mail you a copy. All we ask is that you consider sending us a donation to help us continue our ministry here at Santa Susanna. We are currently preparing a new As Romans Do for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This book will be available in November 2015.