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Over 6.6 million saw Pope Francis at Vatican in 2013

'Even more turned out in Rio, Lampedusa'

02 January, 14:56
Over 6.6 million saw Pope Francis at Vatican in 2013 (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 2 - Over 6.6 million people turned out to see Pope Francis in 2013, starting the day he was elected to succeed abdicated pope Benedict XVI on March 13, the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said Thursday. Some 1,548,500 people attended his 30 general audiences, while 87,400 partook in special audiences. Other events included Masses and liturgical celebrations in St Peter's Basilica and Square, drawing 2,282,000 faithful and spectators. Another 2,706,000 were in attendance for his Angelus and Regina Coeli celebrations in St Peter's Square. The total number of attendants to the pope's orations are estimated at 6,623,900. The data do not include events outside the Vatican. "Just think about his apostolic visit to Brazil in July for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, or his trips in Italy to Lampedusa, Cagliari and Assisi and other visits in the Rome diocese," said a Vatican statement.