The Office of Papal Charities is the department of the Holy See charged with exercising charity to the poor in the name of the Holy Father.
Pope Leo XIII, as a means of helping to fund the charitable works carried out by the Office, delegated the Almoner to grant the Apostolic Blessing by parchment certificate: these parchments, in order to be authentic, must bear the Almoner’s signature and the seal of his Office.
Please note that costs associated with the issue of the Papal Blessing are incurred only by reason of the parchment itself, the preparation costs, postage and a contribution to the Pope’s charitable works.
The proceeds accruing to the Office of Papal Charities from the preparation of papal blessing parchments are applied entirely to the works of charity which this Office carries out on behalf of the needy who appeal to the Successor of Peter.
The online payment service offers the possibility to send your contribution for the Apostolic Blessing on parchment paper to the Office of Papal Charity.
All payments must be made after the delivery of the Papal blessing by post, together with the account offering an indication for your contribution.
To be eligible to use our service, you must be at least 18 years old or higher.
It is possible to send sums up to 2.000 Euro, only after the delivery of the parchment.
Required documents for the online payment: an identity document, a credit card and the serial number located on the account sent by the Office of Papal Charity in the same parcel as the parchment. The serial number must be specified in the payment reason.
The account will reflect:
The request should include:
The data of the person who makes the payment and of the credit card owner must be the same.
We accept Visa, MasterCard credit cards and V Pay debit cards.
Purchases cannot be canceled or refunded.
Please do not make your payment if the parchment is incorrect by our negligence. Please send a written communication (by post or by fax) to the address indicated on the website, with complete information for a new parchment and shipment, together with the purchase serial number. Please make your payment only after the delivery of the new parchment.
In case of any error due to the person who has made the request, the parchment cannot be changed or refund. You must make your payment even if you want to request a new parchment. The same moral obligation goes if one sends more requests (by post or fax) for the same parchment.
The Office of Papal Charities within Vatican City can be visited by entering the Saint Ann Gate (located to the right of the colonnade of Saint Peter’s Square).
Public opening hours: 9:00 to 12:30 p.m. (Monday through Saturday).
Office hours: 8:00 to 14:00.
Requests for refunds of sums up to 500 Euro may be agreed directly with the Administration of the Office of Papal Charities. In case of dispute and however of non-approved requests for sums that total more than 500 Euro, the competent court is that of Vatican City State.