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Hi folks, I just got back from my honeymoon, and my husband and I are still reeling from the trip. The highlight of the honeymoon to Italy was our ability to receive a papal blessing, in person, from the Pope!
There is a little known thing as Sposi Novelli tickets to the weekly Papal Audience the Pope holds in Vatican City. The rules are that if you are having a Catholic Wedding Ceremony in a Roman Catholic Church and you are visiting Rome within two months of the ceremony you can ask your Diocese to send a request for newleywed tickets to the Papal Audience. You get to sit up in the dais and if you are in the front row, the pope will greet you and grant you a blessing.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me about the details. I figured you guys would want to know about it. [attachment=185344,14374]
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- Wedding: May 2018 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North
Oh wow…how amazing is that?
Post # 5
It was both amazing and awesome. What’s funny is I’ve never considered myself a die-hard Catholic, although I have always practiced my faith. However meeting the Pope in person, you just feel so calm and he’s so sweet and seems like a genuinely good person. It’s surreal.
Post # 6
That’s terrific. Who took the picture? Did you hand someone your camera or something? It looks like the person is one the other side of the barrier.
Post # 7
Congrats-that’s so exciting!!
Post # 8
Tanya, they have professional photogs that work for the Vatican special events. We were allowed to take pictures during the papal audience but were asked to put away our cameras as the Pope approached.
Post # 9
Omg that’s so cool! Congratulations!
Post # 10
Wow! That’s amazing! Congrats!
Post # 11
Awww, how cool. You’re so lucky. I want to get a papal blessing too.
Post # 12
Oh my god, that’s so amazing. I wish we were going to Italy after the wedding, what an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event! Even for a non-hardcore Catholic (I include myself in that category, too) it seems so meaningful!
Post # 13
that honestly took my breath away!!
Post # 14
I am so happy for you, Congrats! Wish we could of had a Papal blessing!
Post # 15
we are going to Italy for our honeymoon a day after our wedding! My FI’s family is from there. Can you please tell me what I have to do to get the tickets? Thanks sooo much, and Congrats to you!
Post # 16
Tulipday, if you are getting married in a Roman Catholic Church there are only a few steps involved.
- Find out which Tuesday and Wednesday you can be Rome/Vatican City.
- Go to your church or their Arch Diocese and ask them to put in a request for sposi novelli (newlywed) tickets to the papal audience for that date.
- You should receive a letter confirming that tickets will be held for you at the US Bishop’s office, the Tuesday prior for pick-up.
- Make arrangements to travel with your wedding clothes, or something else suitable. I bought a 2nd wedding dress from Target’s clearance center for $50, and a blazer for my hubby at Kohls. You should note that appropriate dress is required i.e. no bare shoulders, arms, legs, etc.
- After the wedding, ask the pastor/priest to write a small note, declaring that he did marry you, the date and church. Take it with you on your trip.
- Be sure to pick up your tickets the day before the Papal Audience.
- Arrive at the South Gate the day of at around 6:30 am and bring provisions. They open the gates at 8am but there is no orderly process. People push and crowd cause everyone wants the best seats.
- When the gates open get through security as quickly as possible and run like crazy to the left (which should leave you on the south side of the Dais), with your tickets and documentation. Don’t worry if you get separated your spouse can hold a place for you. Only the people seated in the front row can meet the Pope.
We arrived at 6:35 and there were already 3 other couples ahead of us. More showed up afterwards. My husband is luckily much faster than I am (I even wore sneakers and changed into shoes once up on the Dais), and was able to save the last set of seats in the front row for us.
Good luck it is an amazing experience.