Almost four million faithful took part in Vatican meetings with Pope Francis in 2016, the Prefecture of the Papal Household said Thursday.
said the total at hearings, Angelus blessings and other
meetings, at 3,952,140, was higher than the 3.2 million
registered in 2015 because of the boost provided by the Holy
Year Jubilee of Mercy.
In 2013 and 2014, the first two years of
Francis' papacy, the numbers were 6.6 million and 5.9 million