Every Wednesday afternoon, newly married couples are blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.
Special tickets are available through the Bishop’s Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican in Rome.
Couples must have been married in the Church for two months or less, as verified by a valid Catholic sacramental marriage certificate. Bride and groom are encouraged to wear their wedding attire.
“It was a great experience,” the tuxedo-wearing German Axel Dreyer told EWTN News in June. The 40-year-old married 32-year-old Susie, and they were enjoying a Roman honeymoon.
“We always planned that when we got married we wanted to get a blessing from the Pope,” he said.
Susie hopes that they will have a “good family life and that our children, when we have some, will also grow up in the beliefs of Jesus and the Catholic Church.”