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How to attend a Pope's General Audience


"Everybody here was very accommodating. There was no rushing, no pushing. Everyone is very kind.”

The Pope gives the main catechesis in Italian, followed by a summary or greeting in at least eight languages. 

It starts off with Italian: "Cari fratelli e sorelle”
Then French: "Chers frères et sœurs”
English: "Dear Brothers and Sisters”
The Pope's native German: Liebe Brüder und Schwestern!
Spanish: "Queridos hermanos y hermanas”
Portuguese: Queridos irmãos e irmãs
Polish: Witam przybyych na audiencj Polaków
and most recently, Arabic:

"I thought it was awesome. It was a lot more than I expected. I didn't expect him to speak so many languages. I thought that was really cool.”

Usually about eight to 10,000 people attend the general audience. To stand out, they bring their respective flags, signs or even come prepared to greet or even sing to the Pope. 

"He was very genuine. For people who would come out and give him personal greetings or yell out greetings, he would stop and acknowledge that, which was very nice.”

But of course, before any of this can happen, one must first get tickets for the general audience. The Prefecture of the Papal Household receives written requests that are sent over by fax or regular mail. 

The request should be submitted about ten days in advance and should include the date of the general audience, the number of tickets needed, mailing address, telephone number and the name of the people or group attending. But depending on one's country, there are other outlets ready to help out. For example, the Pontifical North American College in Rome, receives requests from their fellow Americans, made directly through e mail. 

"We ordered them online and then we went to this Church and picked them up yesterday. They suggested we be here like two and a half or three hours early, so that we could get into the building and so we did that and it all worked out pretty well.”

All tickets are completely free. For last minute tickets, one can check the Vatican's so called 'Portone di Bronzo,' or Bronze Gate, which is on the right hand side of St. Peter's Square. 

If no more tickets are available, there's also the option of attending the Pope's Sunday Angelus at noon in St. Peter's Square, where tickets are not needed.