Last year more than two million people participated in public meetings with the Pope.
This is reported by the l'Osservatore Romano on the basis of data provided by the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household.
Based upon "approximate numbers" calculated, when
possible, by the requests for tickets to participate in meetings, it
appears that there were a total of 2,351,200 people who participated in
the Pope's public events: 447,000 at the 43 general audiences; 146,800
at special hearings; 501,000 at various liturgical celebrations presided
by Benedict XVI; and about 1,256,000 at the Angelus in St. Peters
Square or at Castel Gandolfo.
In total, from when Joseph Ratzinger was elected
Pope in 2005 to today, there were 20,544,970 pilgrims who attended
meetings with him at the Vatican or at Castel Gandolfo.