How to Send a Letter to Pope Francis?
Getting in contact with His Holiness the Pope via the formal channels is not difficult at all. There are several online websites and social media profiles that are not recognized as official Vatican State pages.
Pope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Francis was chosen Pope on March 13, 2013, to succeed Benedict XVI, who had resigned two weeks before. Poverty, compassion, and joy are themes that have come to define Francis’ presidency.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s papal name is Francis. Bergoglio was born on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to two Italian immigrants. He is a scientist with postgraduate degrees in philosophy and theology. Prior to beginning his seminary studies, he worked as a janitor, a bar bouncer, and a lab assistant for a scientist. After several years of studies, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1958. Bergoglio joined a Jesuit on March 12, 1960, after completing his first training and taking vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He was consecrated to the priesthood in December 1969, more than a decade later.
His Holiness is an ecclesiastical saint. Although Pope Francis does not have a public email address or phone number, he does have numerous multi-language Twitter accounts and an Instagram account with over 8 million followers in Italy alone; his accounts are visited daily by millions of fans worldwide.
The Pope’s inability to personally react to millions of tweets and followers is understandable. Sending Him a letter to the Vatican, for example, to wish Him a happy Pontificate anniversary (March 13), a happy Name Day (October 4), or a happy birthday (December 17), or sending Him a poem, requesting advice, informing Him of personal drama or difficulty, or having the opportunity to meet Him by applying for a free ticket to attend a General Audience, is the best way to contact Him.
Anyone wishing to write to Pope Francis can do so at the following address:
His Holiness Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
Because Pope Francis does not have a public email address, the only method to approach him is by regular letter. Pope Francis receives thousands of messages, letters, and packages every day from all around the world. Mon. Giuliano Gallorini is in charge of the Pope’s correspondence, and he, Sister Anna, and two laic women in the Palazzo Apostolico, deal with any communication sent to Pope Bergoglio.
The first step, according to Mons. Gallorini, would be to divide the letters according to the language, then open and read the contents of each. Every letter will be answered, but the more complicated ones involving problems of conscience will be given directly to the Pope’s secretaries so that Pope Francis can respond personally or offer instructions on how the letter should be answered.
As a result, not all letters submitted to Pope Francis will be personally addressed by Him; rather, His Correspondence Office will share the burden of every individual who writes to Pope Francis and will get a response in the manner and phrasing of the Pope Himself, depending on the gravity of the case.