Apostolic Blessing

This Benediction, or blessing, is given by the pope at the close of liturgical function at which he presides and sometimes at the close of papal audiences.  To this blessing a plenary indulgence is attached.

This blessing may also be delegated by the pope to be given by others; priests attending the sick at the moment of death may give the apostolic blessing.

This also refers to the blessing or solemn benediction Urbi et orbi (the blessing to the “city” of Rome and to the “world”) given by the pope from the balcony of St. Peter’s after his election and on other solemn occasions. (8:4)