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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Pope Francis: 3.2 million and counting for the year 2015

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In 2015, the Vatican has had more than 3.2 million visitors participate in public meetings with Pope Francis. In 2014, the number of  visitors was 5.9 million. 

This data excludes other events with large participation of faithful and apostolic events within Rome. The Vatican collects data on the basis of the request for participation in the meetings with the Pope and invitations. 

"For me personally is a very special place because I'm Polish and John Paul II was here for a long time.”

"I think the Pope is great”.

"The Pope Francis for me is very close to the people and as he is a spanish speaker is very close to our people too and in Spain we have a very traditional catholic culture so it means a lot to be here right now, specially in Christmas time.”

In 2014, more than 5.9 million faithful followers participated. An important aspect to note was the canonizations of St John XXIII, St John Paul II and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. 

In 2013, more than 2.3 million people attended liturgical ceremonies at the Vatican. The figures only covered the appearances by Pope Francis following his election in March 13.