audiences with His Holiness are usually
held once a week (Wednesday at 11 am) in
the Vatican City. They may be held
inside the Basilica itself or in the
Hall of the Papal Audiences (Aula Paolo
VI). In the summer they are held in St.
Peter's Square or at the Pope's summer
residence in the town of Castel
Gandolfo. It is necessary to send a
request to the Prefettura della Casa
Ponteficia, located on the north side of
Piazza San Pietro (open 9 am-1 pm,
Monday and Tuesday) to be admitted to a
Reservations must be confirmed in order
for you to attend. Catholics are
requested to have a letter of
introduction from their parish priest.
For the audience (and to visit St.
Peter's Basilica), women should dress
modestly, in dark or subdued colors,
with arms and head covered. Men are
asked to wear a tie and dark jacket.
also makes appearances at noon on
Sundays in the library window to bless
the crowd in St. Peter's Square.
For additional information on Papal
Audiences or to place your request