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

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. Secular Consecration
  6. Ordination of Permanent Deacons
  7. Anniversary (10, 25, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 years) of Marriage*, Priestly Ordination, Religious Profession
  8. 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 not be considered.

For more information, please visit the Elemosineria Apostolica website at