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What is the Urbi et orbi blessing?

The Pope imparts the Urbi et Orbi blessing only on three very special occasions: Christmas, Easter, and just after being elected pontiff.  Traditionally performed from the balcony of St. Peterâ??s Square, it is preceded by a speech in which he speaks about some of the tragedy's of the world. The blessing is called "Urbi et Orbiâ?; 'To the city of Rome, and to the world.'  The difference with other blessings is that this one includes a special indulgence for those receiving it directly there in the Square or through the media.  JRB RR - -PR Up:ag #Papafrancisco