Whoever wishes to attend mass and meet His Holiness Pope Francis in person needs to fill in the application form to attend a Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Church of Saint Martha; this is possible from Monday to Saturday at 7:00 am at the chapel of Saint Martha's House, the residence chosen by the Pope.
Please note that the chapel is very small; there are 50 seats available and about half of the seats are reserved on a rotating basis for priests from one of the many parishes of the Diocese of Rome, whose Bishop is the Holy Father, and for some of the diocese’s worshippers.
The seats left per day are 25 only, and are available for the worshippers who apply for them; please be advised that everyday thousands of applications are sent from all over the world and that the waiting lists are often long.
The selection criteria to accept the applications are totally random and it does no longer help to have connections or influential acquaintances with high-ranking members of the church.
Note Well: please be advised that it is almost impossible to book a specific date and that if a date is approved, you need to accept the date proposed by the office; you will receive a letter with the reply and it will serve as a pass to get to Saint Martha's House. The meeting time is between 6.30 and 6.45 am at the pope’s residence, where all worshippers attending mass will enter the chapel, short before His Holiness Pope Francis arrives.