Pope: Pilgrims on the rise
Data published this morning by the Prefecture of the Papal Household show an increase over 2010, when about 2.3 million people attended celebrations with the pontiffGiacomo GaleazziVatican City
Data published this morning by the Prefecture of the Papal Household show an increase over 2010, when about 2.3 million people attended celebrations with the pontiff. More than 2.5 million (2,553,800) faithful participated in various meetings with Pope Benedict XVI: general audiences (400,000), special audiences (101,800), liturgical celebrations (846,000), and Angelus and Regina Coeli (1,206,000).
In 2009, the total was 2.243 million participants. The Prefecture's announcement stated that the data is approximate, calculated on the basis of requests received and tickets issued by the Prefecture for event participation, as well as a rough estimate of attendance at events such as the Angelus or the Regina Coeli and the great celebrations in St. Peter's Square - and above all this year, John Paul II's beatification ceremony. The data show a growth in participation over the last three years. The picture presented, the statement explains, refers only to meetings at the Vatican and Castel Gandolfo and does not include other events involving the Pontiff with large participation of the faithful, such as apostolic journeys in Italy and abroad.