Visiting the Vatican City during Easter 2019 ? Check these dates:

April 14, 2019 – PALM SUNDAY Holy Mass with Pope Francis at 1000 am at St. Peter’s Square. Vatican Museums closed. St. Peter’s opens for visits at 0100 pm Tickets not available.

April 17, 2019 – General Audience with Pope Francis ( secure seats at

April 18, 2019 – HOLY THURSDAY Holy Mass with Pope Francis at 0930 am at St. Peters Basilica. St. Peter’s opens for visits at 0100 pm Tickets not available. Vatican Museums open regularly. Book your Vatican visit in advance for limited availability of priority passes during Easter Week.

April 19, 2019 – HOLY FRIDAY. Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at 0500 PM. Via Crusis with Pope Francis at the Colosseum at 0915 pm. Tickets not needed. St. Peter’s Basilica closes to visits at 0200 PM Vatican Museums open regularly. Book your Vatican visit in advance for limited availability of priority passes during Easter Week.

April 20, 2019 St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums open.

April 21, 2019 – EASTER Holy Mass with Pope Francis at 1000 am at St. Peter’s Square. Tickets not available. Papal Blessing Urbi et Orbi at 1200 at St. Peter’s Square. Tickets not needed. Vatican Museums closed all day. St. Peter’s Basilica opens for visits at 0100 pm

April 22, 2019 – EASTER MONDAY Vatican Museums closed all day. St. Peters Basilica open for visits.

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Pope Francis to visit UAE in February 2019

In a landmark moment, Pope Francis is set to visit the UAE next February, the Vatican announced on Thursday.

This will be the first visit the pope has made to the UAE, with the trip taking place from February 3 to 5.

The Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from H.H. Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi 

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Vatican Museums 2019 closed days


Avoid disappointment and book well ahead of time. Please note that on the following days of 2019 the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel will remain closed all day: January 6, February 11, April 17, May 1, June 29, August 15 and 16, November 1, December 8, 25 and 26

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Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica Tuesday, 25 December 2018

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Meeting the Pope; winter 2018/2019 update

Wednesday Audience

Pope Francis meets pilgrims and Vatican visitors every Wednesday inside Vatican City every Wednesday at 1000 am.

The event takes place in Paul VI Audience Hall ( called sala Nervi after it’s architect ) located near St. Peter’s Square.

Participants require audience tickets which guarantee sitting.

For information on how to arrange for  tickets please visit:

The audience lasts approximately 2 hours. Visitors are advised to arrive before 0800 am to go through security check and choose the best seats which are not numbered.


View of the Audience Hall from St. Peter’s Dome


Inside the Audience Hall

Sunday Blessing

Pope Francis offers Sunday blessing ( Angelus Blessing ) from windows of Papal Palace every Sunday at noon.

No tickets are required. Visitors are advised to arrive at St.Peters Square just before noon. The event lasts about 15 minutes.



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A guide to the key words of the extraordinary Holy Year announced by Pope Francis



Although Rome is the key location, it is not the only place where the Jubilee can be fully experienced:  in order to give everyone the possibility of being exposed to the Holy Year, for the first time in history, Pope Francis has wanted a Holy Door in the cathedral of every dioceses in the world and has given the bishops the power to indicate other sacred places or special churches that can be equipped for the Jubilee with a local calendar.

The organization of the Jubilee has been entrusted to the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the New Evangelization.  The structure, presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, was created by Benedict XVI in 2010 and is capable of aptly responding to the challenges of secularization. A task force of about twenty religious and lay members is working for the Holy Year.

Since 1200, the year in which Pope Boniface VIII created the first Jubilee, the universal Jubilee appointment was held every 25 or 50 years.  On the other hand, the one announced by Francis is the third extraordinary Jubilee since the beginning of the twentieth century:  in 1933 Pius XI announced a Holy Year for the 19 centuries since the death of Christ, an event to which John Paul II also connected the extraordinary appointment of fifty years later. By surprise, Francis announced the Holy Year of Mercy on March 13, 2015, on the second anniversary of his election on the throne of Saint Peter’s, with a notice of only 270 days. In the past, other Jubilees were announced during the centuries with a local value or with reference to special events, but without opening the holy doors:  for example, Paul VI wanted to hold a Jubilee after the closing of the Second Vatican Council.

Is the expression with which the Church shows “remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven” and it can also be obtained for the deceased. For this Jubilee,  Pope Francis has arranged that forgiveness also be granted to those who request it “with sincere repentance”, for the most serious sins, including abortion, which for the Church is equal to refusing life.  The classic condition for obtaining indulgence is a pilgrimage to a Holy Door with confession and communion, reciting the “Creed” and the prayer for the intentions of the Pope. But Bergoglio has stressed that in order to obtain “thorough and complete forgiveness” it is necessary to carry out acts of charity towards foreigners and the poor.

Is the theme chosen by the Pope for the Holy Year.  Bergoglio’s Episcopal  motto “Miserando atque eligendo” (he looked at him with mercy and chose him) reveals just how much the Jubilee is tied to the charisma of the Argentine Pope.  Francis has also wanted to arrange “Missionaries of Mercy” to send among the people in their everyday lives, in order to facilitate access to indulgence.  They are volunteer priests or emeritus bishops who have applied to the Pontifical Council for the promotion of the New Evangelization, and have received approval.

Is one of the most popular events of the Jubilee:  the remains of Father Pius, the saint of Pietralcina, are moved from San Giovanni Rotondo and exhibited in the Vatican from February 8th to the 14th for the Ash Wednesday event, the day on which Pope Francis will confer the mandate of confessors to the Missionaries of Mercy.  The body of Saint Leopold Mandic, another Capuchin, will also be brought to Saint Peter’s together with Father Pius:  Bergoglio has chosen them as symbols of the sacrament of confession.

The four historic doors are tied to the Roman Papal basilicas: besides Saint Peter’s, there are St. John in the Lateran, St. Paul, and St. Mary Major. Pope Francis has introduced the novelty of diocesan holy doors.  And the other Holy Doors will be found far from places of worship.  Bergoglio has decided to inaugurate the door of the Caritas of Rome; the hostel for the poor, while in Lampedusa Cardinal Montenegro will open the “holy door” for the migrants, close to the place where the massacre of Lampedusa took place.

For the Holy Year, Pope Francis has decided to include a series of twelve extraordinary Jubilee audiences to be held on Saturday,  aside from the Wednesday appointment, with the general audience of the Pope in Saint Peter’s square or in the Paul VI Audience Hall, which is repeated every week, except for a short break in the summer.

They are volunteer worshipers who are at least 18 years old and come from all over the world to assist the pilgrims in Rome.  They are not paid, but the Vatican gives them room, board and insurance.  For the Jubilee in 2000, about seventy thousand volunteers arrived.

Historically, during the jubilees, the pilgrims would walk towards the Holy Door.  In Rome 4 pedestrian paths have been arranged to reach Saint Peter’s, with a series of stops in which “spiritual assistance” is also provided.  The historic Via Francigena has been regenerated, which crosses Europe from Canterbury to the Vatican, other paths are organized from Assisi.  167 thousand official beds have been made available in Rome for accommodation.

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Jubilee 2016 begins on December 8


The opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope Francis, marks the start of the Jubilee of Mercy on Tuesday 8 December.

To see the ceremony click here

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