The papal audience is held every Wednesday at 10.30 AM in the Paul VI Hall (Sala Nervi), if many pilgrims are attending it is sometimes held in the Basilica of Saint Peter, or directly in Piazza San Pietro.
During the summer, the Pope moves to His summer residence, and the general hearings take place at Castel Gandolfo.
When the papal audience is held in St. Peter’s Square, it is necessary to be tested at the security check, near the arcades on both sides of the square. This procedure involves a lot of waiting times.
When the papal audience is held in the Paul VI hall (about 6,000 seats), it is suggested to arrive at least 2 and a half hours in advance to the start time, in order to secure a seat.
Before continuing with all the useful details to participate to the papal audience, I suggest you to read my article on 10 curious anecdotes about popes.
Ok, let’s continue with the papal audience!
Duration of the Papal Audience
The papal audience lasts about one hour and a half.
Out of respect for the sacredness of the place, visitors should wear respectful clothes.
Shoulders must be covered and shorts and skirts have to be at knee height.
If you won’t be wearing the appropriate clothing, you will almost certainly be rejected for security reasons.
How to Book a Papal Audience?
If you want to take part in one of the papal audiences, here are all the steps needed.
Booking tickets for the audience must be requested at the Prefecture of the Pontifical House, only by fax, at the number (+ 39) 06 69885863, through this form where you will have to indicate:
- Date of the General Audience
- Number of tickets required
- The names of each person in the group
- Postal address of each group person
- Your telephone and fax if present
The Prefecture of the Pontifical House is the single office in charge of issuing tickets.
If you have doubts or need other information, you can call the following number: (+39) 06 69883114 (Mon-Fri 08.30 AM -12.30 PM). If you find the phone busy, be patient!
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