Pope draws 6.6 million to the Vatican in 2013
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Pope Francis delivers his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25. <br> The Associated Press
Pope Francis delivers his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 25.
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Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday. Below: Pope Francis delivers his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, on Dec. 25. Pope Francis on Christmas day wished for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus’ birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.
Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday. Below: Pope Francis delivers his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the City and to the World) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, on Dec. 25. Pope Francis on Christmas day wished for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus’ birth, for Syria and Africa as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.
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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis drew more than 6.6 million people to his audiences, Masses and other Vatican events in 2013, more than twice as many as his predecessor Benedict XVI did in his first year as pope.

The statistics released Thursday cover only events held at the Vatican starting from Francis’ March 13 election. They don’t include his trips, including World Youth Day in Brazil and trips within Italy: The Vatican estimated that some 3.7 million people attended Francis’ final World Youth Day Mass in Rio alone, though statisticians put the true figure at about half that.

For comparison’s sake, the Vatican reported that some 2.85 million people attended Vatican events in Benedict’s first year as pope in 2005.

Francis is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope.

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