Monday 11 December 2017

New Pope's massive adoration

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.
Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.

Philip Pullella

More than two million people have flocked to Pope Francis' general audiences in St Peter's Square since his election in March, four times the number that Pope Benedict drew in all of 2012.

The Vatican said yesterday it had issued 1,548,500 tickets for the 30 Wednesday general audiences Francis has held since his election on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years.

But it said the actual number was "much larger" because no tickets are needed for the rear section of the square and surrounding streets.

Irish Independent

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