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How Does One Contact The Pope? Here Is How… And Why You May Get A Response 

How Does One Contact The Pope? Here Is How… And Why You May Get A Response 

The universal pastor of the whole Church is the bishop of Rome. He’s also traditionally called the Servant of the Servants of God.

This simply means you can feel free to try to contact him! Combined with the fact that he’s known to respond to people personally, sometimes even calling them up on the phone, you may be wondering how you can contact him.

But how does one go about contacting the Vicar of Christ? Pope Francis doesn’t have an email address, and he’s probably not reading your replies to his tweets on Twitter.

Inspired by a Reddit post asking about this, we did some research and here’s what we found.

The Mailing Address

The website for the US Embassy to the Holy See recommends that mail for Pope Francis be sent to this address:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Notice that neither “Italy” nor “Rome” are a part of the address, since Vatican City is its own country.

Since, unlike previous popes, Pope Francis is living in Casa Santa Martha instead of the papal apartment, another address you can try is this:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Saint Martha House
00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

In both cases, be sure to have the correct postage. If you’re unsure of what you need, ask your local post office. If you’re mailing from the United States, you can use this online calculator – USPS.COM Price calculator to estimate the needed postage.

How to Write the Letter

The two key principles here are brevity and respect.

You need to show respect for both Pope Francis and the office of the papacy, which was established by Christ himself. This means using his official address of “His Holiness.”

Brevity is important simply because he gets a lot of mail. If you want him or his workers to actually read what you have to say, make it short and to the point.

If you’d like a response, be sure to include your return address, as well as your phone number!

If you try this and get a response, please let us know!

Are You Suffering? Jesus Is With You, Says Pope Francis

Are You Suffering? Jesus Is With You, Says Pope Francis

“​The Way of the Cross shows Christ’s embrace of everyone who hungers, suffers, and dies – and the imperative for Christians to do works of mercy.” Those were Pope Francis’ words for young people at World Youth Day in Krakow on Friday July 29, 2016.

“Jesus himself chose to identify with these our brothers and sisters enduring pain and anguish by agreeing to tread the ‘way of sorrows’ that led to Calvary,” the Pope said July 29. “By dying on the cross, he surrendered himself into the hands of the Father, taking upon himself and in himself, with self-sacrificing love, the physical, moral and spiritual wounds of all humanity.”

“By embracing the wood of the cross, Jesus embraced the nakedness, the hunger and thirst, the loneliness, pain and death of men and women of all times,” he continued.
The Pope spoke to thousands of young people gathered in a field in Krakow’s Blonia Park.
He reflected on the question: “Where is God?”

“Where is God, if evil is present in our world, if there are men and women who are hungry and thirsty, homeless, exiles and refugees?” he asked. “Where is God, when innocent persons die as a result of violence, terrorism and war?”

He asked where God is in the face of cruel and deadly disease, in the exploitation and suffering of children, and in “the anguish of those who doubt and are troubled in spirit.”
“These are questions that humanly speaking have no answer,” Pope Francis said.
“We can only look to Jesus and ask him. And Jesus’ answer is this: ‘God is in them.’ Jesus is in them; he suffers in them and deeply identifies with each of them. He is so closely united to them as to form with them, as it were, ‘one body’.”

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