A request for a Papal Blessing, in the form of a printed certificate, should be addressed to the Most
Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, at the address listed below. The request must include:
1. A recommendation from the parish priest of the person(s) to receive this blessing, or from a priest familiar with the person(s), attesting to his/her/their good standing in the Catholic Church. The request should be on parish letterhead and bear the parish seal.
In the case of a wedding, both parties should be Catholics. (For anniversaries, it is sufficient that one of the members is Catholic.)
2. The following information must be clearly typed or written in capital letters:
the name(s) of the people to receive the blessing
the occasion to be celebrated (such as weddings, anniversaries of a special nature - 25th, 50th, 60th - special birthdays - 80th, 90th, and so on - religious profession, first communions, confirmations). A general blessing for no specific occasion may also be requested.
the date of the occasion
if a wedding or Baptism, the name of the church and its city and state
the diocese to which the person(s) to receive the blessing belongs
the address to which the document is to be mailed
3. An offering of $20.00 is customary and should be made by check or money order, payable to the Apostolic Nunciature.
All requests should be presented in writing [The salutation of the Request ought to be: Your Excellency]. Please allow a minimum of three - four weeks. **Requests by fax should be followed by the original hard copy by mail, indicating that it has already been faxed. Requests by e-mail are not acceptable. The Nunciature address is: 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008-3610 and FAX (202) 337-4036.
If a blessing on parchment is preferred, it should be requested directly from the Vatican. The same information (see numbers 1 and 2 above) should be mailed to the "Servizio Assistenziale del Santo Padre, 00120 Vatican City State, EUROPE. [The Salutation of the Request ought to be: Your Excellency]. The customary offering is $45.00, payable to the Servizio Assistenziale de Santo Padre (personal checks are acceptable). Please be informed that it takes 2 or 3 months. The Vatican Office FAX if needed is: 011-3906-6988-3132. Their telephone number is: 011-3906-6988-3135. Email is: email@example.com