Links to watch Pope’s LIVE blessing 1pm TODAY (March 27) on your mobile device

Today, (March 27) Pope Francis will offer an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing for the city of Rome and the world at 1:00pm Eastern. You can catch this broadcast wherever you are on your mobile device through a variety of outlets listed at links below. This blessing will take place in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica Square in the midst of what Vatican sources say will be an hour-long prayer service with the possibility of viewers and listeners on any media platform obtaining the Plenary Indulgence.

Pope Francis said this blessing, traditionally offered at Christmas and Easter, will be imparted at this special time in response to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness…Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.

From Vatican News

…as [Pope Francis] explained when he made the announcement on Sunday and as he reiterated on Wednesday during the General Audience:

“We will listen to the Word of God, we will raise our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, at the end I will impart the Urbi et orbi Blessing, and you will have the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence.” […]

It [the service] will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. This plenary indulgence will also be extended to those who may not be able to participate in the prayer through the media due to illness but who unite themselves in spiritual communion with the prayer.

Plenary Indulgence Conditions

Prescribed work:

  • Unite spiritually through the media to the Pope’s social prayer and blessing on Friday, March 27, 2020
  • The recitation of the Holy Rosary
  • The pious practice of the Way of the Cross [apps linked here]
  • or some other form of devotion such as reciting the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer or a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary

The usual Conditions:

  • A spirit detached from sin
  • Sacramental confession (as soon as possible)
  • Eucharistic communion (as soon as possible)
  • Prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions

Links to the livestream broadcast


Vatican News dedicated YouTube channel for hearing impaired

Vatican YouTube LIVE channel

Vatican News App to watch from your mobile device on an app platform (Free) Apple | Android


EWTN Watch Live at 1:00pm Eastern

EWTN app to watch from your mobile device on an app platform (free) Apple | Android | Kindle Fire

EWTN Radio listen LIVE


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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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