CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Over three million visitors to the Vatican in 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS): According to information released on December 30 by the Prefecture of the Papal Household, more than 3.2 million people visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services at the Vatican in 2015.

The total represented a significant drop from the 5.9 million visitors received by Pope Francis in 2014. It was also slightly more than half the 6.6 million pilgrims who visited the Vatican during the first nine-and-a-half months of his pontificate in 2013.

During 2015, at least 704,000 people attended the pope’s 42 weekly general audiences; more than 408,000 attended a special group audience; at least 513,000 participated in papal liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica or St. Peter’s Square; and more than 1.5 million attended the pope’s Angelus address on Sundays and major feast days in St. Peter’s Square.

The papal event statistics do not include events in the city of Rome or international visits. They are also based on the number of ticket requests and estimates of crowd size.

 

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