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Peter's Pence: Helping the Pope to help others

In this time of the pandemic, there have been many interventions to respond to needs and emergencies, with a focus on populations living in the most disadvantaged conditions. But the annual collection for the charity of the Bishop of Rome also serves to support his service to the Churches around the world: a service of unity, peace and the proclamation of the Gospel.

By Vatican News

Let us help the Pope to help others. Over the next few days, particularly between Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29 June, which is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, churches around the world will be collecting offerings for Peter's pence, the traditional collection to support the charity of the Bishop of Rome towards those most in need and his service to the Churches of the world through the Roman Curia. It will also be possible to donate directly, throughout the year, through the Peter's pence website.

"During times of crisis", reads the Peter's Pence website, "there is an even greater need to make a concrete sign of belonging to the Church and of love for the Pope, as a symbol of unity. Even the smallest donations will help to support Pope Francis in his activities of teaching, guiding the universal Church and charity."

Examples of the specific use of the Peter's pence funds for charitable initiatives and support in emergency situations can be found here on the Peter's pence website.

Funds from Peter’s pence were also used to provide help for people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We still carry in our hearts the touching images of the Pope’s Apostolic Journey to Iraq in March. Through funds from Peter’s pence, some support was provided for the Iraqi population.

The Peter’s Pence collection also serves to ensure the Pope's mission at the service of the universal Church and peace in the world through the collaborators of the Roman Curia.

Each one of the dicasteries of the Curia explain the specific services they perform and their use the funds received over several months.

Donations to Peter’s pence can be made at

Or by transfer to the IOR:

IBAN VA78001001000000019887028 for transfers in Euros

IBAN VA51001001000000019887029 for transfers in U.S. dollars.

The Peter’s Pence office can be contacted via e-mail: or by mail addressed to: Ufficio Obolo, Segreteria per l’Economia, 00120 Città del Vaticano.

25 June 2021, 13:00