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The Apostolic Blessing or papal blessing is a blessing imparted by the Pope, either directly or by delegation through others. As of January 1, 2015, the Holy See adjusted the method by which Papal Blessings on parchment are distributed. All requests must now be submitted directly to the Office of Papal Charities via letter or fax. Proceeds from the distribution of parchments will be given toward the poor in the name of the Holy Father.
To learn about what information is required, circumstances for which blessings are granted, and the suggested donation, CLICK HERE. Please note the following:
For example, using the basic postage rates, the suggested donation would be between $25 to $45, or between $33 to $60 if using DHL express courier.
To download the request form, CLICK HERE. Please note: There are three circumstances or events which require a nihil obstat (a certification that a book is not objectionable on doctrinal or moral grounds) or approval of ecclesiastical authority. They are:
Here in the Diocese of Honolulu, ecclesiastical authority comes from either Bishop Larry Silva or Msgr. Gary Secor as the Vicar General. Consequently, if you plan on requesting a papal blessing for any of the three circumstances listed above the process would unfold like this:
This improved process is more streamlined and eliminates the need for the diocese to coordinate the exchange of documents and payment. Questions can be directed to Elina Simon, Executive Assistant to the Vicar General at (808) 585-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.