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Frequently asked questions

What is Vatican News?

Vatican News is the new portal for Vatican information where you can find the latest news on Pope Francis, the Holy See, the Church in the world, and international news. Vatican News is also present on the main social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Does Vatican News have a newsletter?

Yes. If you want to subscribe to the free twice-weekly (Monday & Thursday) newsletter of Vatican News, click here.

To whom do I report technical problems regarding Vatican News?

To report technical problems regarding the Vatican News portal or newsletter, send an email to: english@vaticannews.va or webmaster@vaticannews.va

Can I use the material published on Vatican News?

For information about the terms and conditions regarding use of material published on Vatican News, please consult the portal page dedicated to legal notices.

Where can I find the official speeches of Pope Francis?

For all official and complete texts of Pope Francis, please consult the Vatican’s official website dedicated to the Holy Father.

How can I find out the dates of papal events?

For information on celebrations presided over by Pope Francis, please visit the official Vatican website dedicated to the Calendar of Liturgical Celebrations.

How can I obtain a papal blessing?

For information about how to obtain an Apostolic Blessing on parchment, please visit the website of the Office of Papal Charities (Elemosineria Apostolica).

How can I attend a General Audience?

Tickets to attend the Pope’s General Audience are free of charge. For information on how to obtain tickets, please consult the website of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household.

Where should I address a letter to Pope Francis?

You can address your letter to: His Holiness Pope Francis. Casa Santa Marta. 00120 Vatican City.

How can I make a donation to the Pope’s charity?

The Pope’s charity is entrusted to the Obolo di San Pietro (Peter’s Pence). To help support the many needs of the universal Church, and initiatives of solidarity in favor of those most in need, go to the following link.

Where can I find information about the Vatican Museums and Vatican Gardens?

For information regarding tickets, reservations, individual and guided tours of the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, please visit the page dedicated to visits to the Vatican Museums.

What are the opening times of St. Peter's Basilica?

For information regarding opening and closing times, or Mass and Confession times, in the Papal Basilicas of St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran, and St. Mary Major, please visit the dedicated page of the official Vatican website.

Where can I buy Vatican coins and stamps?

For information regarding Vatican numismatic and philatelic issues, please consult the website of the Governorate of Vatican City, dedicated to the Philatelic and Numismatic Office.

How can I buy photos with the Pope?

To purchase and book photos of public events with Pope Francis, please visit the website of the Vatican Media Photographic Service.

Are there webcams in the Vatican?

Yes. To view some of the most significant places inside Vatican City State in real time, visit the Webcam page of the Governorate of Vatican City.