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Paul VI Audience Hall – via di Porta Cavalleggeri. Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. – admission by invitation

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Papal Audiences are held every Wednesday, giving pilgrims and visitors the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing from the successor of the Apostle Peter. The Audience with the Pope consists of small teachings and readings mainly in Italian but also in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and sometimes other languages depending on groups visiting. The Pope will do a greeting in each language and special visiting groups from various countries will get a mention.

At the end of the Audience the Pope will pray together with those attending the Audience. At the end of the Prayer as Head of the Catholic Church he will impart his Apostolic Blessing upon the crowd which also extends to loved ones that are sick and suffering and blesses any religious articles such as rosary beads that people have brought with them for the purpose of the blessing.

In Summer the audience is usually held in St Peter’s Square to accommodate the large crowds. In Winter the audience will be moved indoors to the Hall of Pope Paul VI located to the left of St Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican do list the dates of Audiences and events on their website and they normally update it periodically, usually 3 months ahead of any scheduled dates. Tickets for the Papal Audiences are issued free of charge with prior request to the Prefecture of the Papal Houseold.

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