I will be in Rome with my family this August and noted that there are no scheduled masses in July or August. Does anyone have information to the contrary?
The Pope is usually on vacation (or at least out of the city) in August so there are usually no papal audiences.
This link may give you the information you require http://www.papalaudience.org/tickets Please note that the tickets are completely FREE of charge. I have just returned from a 5 day trip to Rome and was fortunate to obtain tickets for the papal audience. On the website you can download a form and then fax the information to the number given on the form. You can also book tickets online for the Vatican Museum which helps to bypass the long queues
The Papal audience isn't a mass. There are numerous masses in Saint Peter's Basilica every day, and even more on Sundays, but they aren't generally attended by the Pope.
Pope Francis broke the tradition of the August papal holiday last year. He stayed in the city all month, but since the Vatican printing press closed down (as it always had) for the month, they couldn't print the tickets for the audience, so the audiences were called off. If they're planning to do anything different this year, it's too early to tell.
If you'll be in Rome on a Sunday, you could go to St. Peter's Square to see the pope recite the Angelus and greet the crowd from a balcony above the square. Bring binoculars if you want to see him, and get there very early if you want to get anywhere near the balcony.
Thank you for the responses. Much appreciated
Hi, I found information form this website vatican.va/various/…udienze_en.html which says that the Papal Audience in August is to be held on Wednesday 6, 20, 27 and tickets are not required. Hope this helps.
We will be there on August 20. Since no tickets are required, how do you get a seat for the Papal audience? Do you just arrived early and queue. Thank you.Edited: 11 July 2014, 04:25
In August, the Vatican printing press shuts down, so they can't print tickets. You just go early and try to get a good spot in St. Peter's Square. If you want to be able to see anything at all, I would suggest going very early, before 8 AM, for sure.
What time does the audience start ?
I believe it starts at 10 AM in the summer. The crowds since Pope Francis arrived have been incredible, so unless you arrive very early, you may not even fit in the square.