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Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 12:27 am .- Papal blessing certificates, often bought to mark weddings and first Communions, will soon only be available for purchase directly from the Vatican where the funds will be allocated to charity.

Come January 2015, local shops surrounding the Vatican will be prohibited from selling scrolls which have been blessed by the Pope.

Until now, shops have sold the scrolls to tourists and pilgrims for anywhere between 10 and 50 euros, with only three euros going to the Office of Papal Charities.

Last April, papal almoner Archbishop Kondrad Krajewski wrote a letter informing shopkeepers that the scrolls would no longer be available for purchase outside the Vatican. The reason given for this change, he wrote, was to “exercise charity toward the poor in the name of the Holy Father."

Those wishing to purchase the certificates can contact the office of Papal Charities directly via fax, telephone or online. The proceeds will go to help those experiencing financial difficulties. According to an article in La Stampa, around 200,000 euros were donated to the poor over the past two months.


  1. John and Nancy Dury, Reply

    We have purchased many Papal Blessings. We did this through our Diocese Office, not shopkeepers. When we purchase through our diocesan office, and it is $60.00, they then send it to the Vatican. Does this money go to the Vatican? It isn't by-passed and forwarded to shopkeepers is it?

    Thank you for your reply. We will continue purchasing Papal Blessings as we have done for many years based on your reply.

    John and Nancy Dury, sfo

  2. Mary Isa Garayua Reply

    They should be sold online, so we can get it in America, through the Catholic network on Facebook. I' loveit.

    1. John and Nancy Dury, Reply

      We can get it in America. Go through your parish and they will fill out the form for you. There is a charge, usually $60.00. They will then send it to the Vatican. We've done this many times since Pope Pius. This is a very special blessing. It isn't something to be taken lightly nor to be sold via the internet. The Pope BLESSES each certificate. It is an honor.

  3. Emma Reply

    Just wondering… does the buying of blessed things (commercialism) negate the blessing? we were made to believe so. Also, I have been wondering about how the apostolic blessings could be bought through a piece of fancy scroll from Rome.It has become a status symbol of sorts, I think. It is good that there is a new trend and change towards Papal blessings and Apostolic indulgences.

  4. John and Nancy Dury, Reply

    When purchasing religious articles: rosary's, crucifixes, medals, scapulars etc. they are just that, a purchase. The intention is to have these articles blessed by a priest so they become 'sacramental',which means, now blessed, graces and indulgences will be received when used as a devotional. The apostolic blessing is more than a fancy scroll from Rome. Our Pope has blessed each one and placed a special prayer for which it is intended, be it an Anniversary, First Holy Communion or any special occasion that dictates. The purchaser must have the intention of giving the sacramental to be used in a holy way. Apostolic Blessings have been given for many years. They must be placed in an appropriate frame, hung in a special area to be visited, and looked upon as a 'prayer' for the giver and the receiver. There seems to be the idea that this is new and another way of 'selling' something. It can't be made more clear as to how important blessed articles are be treated. The very notion that we can purchase, or receive and use an article to assist us in devotional prayer is a grace and to receive graces is to have articles blessed. Articles of such should not be given as a souvenir without becoming sacramental. Additional note: A sacramental is never to be disrespected by throwing away or discarded or by selling via internet or any other means. Pace e Bene.

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