Dear Pope: please pary for the smiting of people that would charge to e-mail you.
June 4, 2003 8:44 AM   Subscribe

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posted by Ufez Jones (8 comments total)
Is this really put on by the vatican?

If so, it's unbelievable-that the Catholic church would be so crass as to charge to talk to the pope. And to lie to people that their email will reach the Pope (because you KNOW he won't be reading these emails!) How pathetic.

If it's not, then it's really sad-because there are a lot of desperate people are going to think they are contacting the pope and they will be getting scammed. I sincerely doubt it's real- as the site only takes US Dollars and web site is a liiiitle unprofessional for what it pretends to be.

Wow. What an awful thing!
posted by aacheson at 8:58 AM on June 4, 2003

Of course this isn't real. Since, as I'm sure you already know, the Vatican has its own TLD and enough money to pay for a tasteful website:

This is just a scam to make people pay and put them on a spammers mailing list.
posted by spazzm at 9:12 AM on June 4, 2003

No, the Pope's website is at but I don't think he has a blog. Years ago, you could phone the Vatican - the full number was listed under international dialling codes. I phoned up and was surprised to be greeted in English, even more surprised when my request to speak to the Pope was treated in a friendly manner ('Do you know what time it is here?' 'Is the Pope in Bed?' 'What do you think?' 'Okay, goodnight.'). I was inspired to do this by a short story in Alan Coren's 'Golfing for Cats' where he phoned many famous people.

WHOIS record for

Registrant Contact:
Rick Licht (
FAX: none
1436 Butler Ave. #13
Los Angeles, CA 90025

WHOIS record for

person: Stefano Pasquini
address: Holy See - Vatican City State
address: Internet Office of the Holy See
address: Cortile del Triangolo
address: V-00120 Vatican City State
address: Vatican City State
phone: +39 06 69893461
phone: +39 06 69882102
fax-no: +39 06 69882067
posted by jamespake at 9:14 AM on June 4, 2003

From whois:

Registrant Contact:
Rick Licht (
FAX: none
1436 Butler Ave. #13
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Registered in California. LA, no less. I don't think this is on the level.
posted by pizzasub at 9:14 AM on June 4, 2003

damnit, now im out 5 bucks and put on a spammer list! Damn you internet, damn you!
posted by Keyser Soze at 9:18 AM on June 4, 2003

Oh, and some more info on contacting the Pope for the price of a stamp (from

What is the pope's email address?

Unfortunately, the pope does not have a public email address.

How do I write to the holy father?

Your letter to the Holy Father should be addressed as follows:

His Holiness John Paul II

Apostolic Palace

00120 Vatican City State, EUROPE

posted by jamespake at 9:19 AM on June 4, 2003

the popes address is:
posted by sgt.serenity at 10:00 AM on June 4, 2003

Ah, it's a feemail scam...
posted by newlydead at 3:40 PM on June 4, 2003

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