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image source - The Pope in St. Peter's Square
Papal Audiences & Masses on Wednesdays
The masses typically consist of small biblical readings in a variety of languages depending on the visiting groups such as Italian, English, German, French, Polish, Portuguese and more. On the back of the audiences’ free tickets there is a closing prayer that is read aloud by the Pope at the end of the Sermon. During the summers, the Mass usually begins at 10:00 am due to the intense heat, whereas during other times of the year they begin at 10:30 am and last roughly 1 ½- 2 hours. St. Peter’s Square accommodates large crowds of audiences, for this reason, it is highly advised that you arrive early (as early as 8:00 am) to get seats. The tickets for seating in the front are on a first come, first serve basis. That being said, there are usually places around the back of the Square for you to be a part of the experience.
Papal Blessings on Sundays
The other time you can see the Pope is on Sundays at noon. From the window of his apartment he gives a short speech and ends with a blessing. Occasionally the Pope will come down and greet the crowds. Videos of this experience can be seen on the link below. This service does not require a ticket and the Blessing lasts around 15-20 minutes. Please be aware that if the Pope is on a mission abroad, the schedule will change. Please check the schedule on this link to plan your visit accordingly.
Easter Sunday and Christmas Masses
Tickets for these events are also free but must be prebooked at least 2 months in advance. For more information regarding these events, please visit the site.
Although these events are primarily held outdoors, the standard Church dress code is enforced.
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