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Charles Faulkner wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am seeking clarification on how to prepare a written correspondence with The Holy Father.

I would like to write to him, but being dyslexic, my handwriting is poor and is not always legible; thus, I normally correspond with people using my PC and therefore, type all my letters out this way. I would like to know if there is a protocol for how to write to The Holy Father.

I suspect many would see typing letters to someone of such high office as disrespectful as if you don't have time to spend writing something meaningful.

  • Would it show any lack of respect to The Holy Father were I to simply type my letter out?

At least that way, I would know everything was spelled correctly.

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

May God bless you.

  { Is there a protocol for writing to the Holy Father and would it show any lack of respect to simply type my letter out using my PC? }

Bob replied:

Dear Charles,

Thanks for the question. 

You can type the letter; it is not necessary to handwrite letters to anyone of importance — they expect it. 

Handwritten notes usually pertain to intimate friendships and less formal circumstances.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi, Charles —

Just to add to what Bob has said, I have a page under the Church tab. It is in the left menu bar and called:

On that page you will find a web posting that should help you:

At the very top of that posting will be a link: How to Address the Pope. When you scroll down from the "Download PDF article" area, you will see various methods to address the Pope, in writing as well as in person.

Hope this helps,


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