How do I get a Mass card from the Vatican?
You go down the hall. You will see a security guard, standing by a hallway cordoned off by a rope. If it is after 4 pm, you can ask to get a mass card, and they will let you through.
Are rosaries bought at the Vatican blessed?
It's a very thoughtful idea, but the pope does not bless huge quantities of rosaries for resale in shops in Rome or even in Vatican City. The shops may *tell* you that the rosaries have been blessed by the pope and try to charge you extra for them for that reason, but it won't be true.
What can you buy at Vatican City?
We have our usual sacred items such as the rosary, bible, and prayer books, but the Vatican City also has Holy water bottles, engraved marble tablets, and even Pope Francis's favorite socks. All of which, one can buy and bring home. Of course, these are not limited to religious items so you better get exploring.
If you choose to have the parish send a physical card to your friend or loved one, they will do so at no extra cost to you. Once the date and time of their Mass are scheduled, the card will be updated with the proper information and mailed to the recipient's address.
Mass cards can be sent either by Catholic or non-Catholic friends. The offering of prayers is a valued expression of sympathy to a Catholic family. The mass offering card or envelope is given to the family as an indication of understanding, faith and compassion.
You don't pay for a mass. Masses are said 7 days a week, probably every hour of the day all over the world. But when they are said specifically for someone it is customary to donate to a stipend fund that simply helps support the priest or the facilities (even churches have electric bills).
And second, in some countries (America among them), religious groups aren't required to release financial statements. This is why much of the Vatican's gold is allegedly kept here in the United States, at Fort Knox. Here's what we do know about how much money the Vatican has