Over 2 million pilgrims attended papal events in 2012.
(Vatican Radio) 2,351,200 pilgrims attended audiences or celebrations with the Pope
at the Vatican during 2012. The figures were released this week by the Prefecture
of the Papal Household. A breakdown of the figures showed that 447,000 pilgrims attended
the Pope’s general audiences, whilst around 1,256,000 attended the Angelus prayers
in St Peter’s Square or in his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo. A further 501,000
attended liturgical celebrations presided over by the Pope and over 146,000 attended
private papal audiences. The figures showed that since Pope Benedict's election to
the papacy in 2005, more than 20.5 million pilgrims have attended papal events in
the Vatican or at his summer residence.