December 31, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The numbers are in. According to the Vatican, over 2.5 million people
took part in papal ceremonies in 2011. The number actually shows an increase over the past three years.
According to the Prefecture for the Papal Household, in 2011, about 1.2 million people celebrated the Angelus along with the pope.
Roughly 400,000 people visited St. Peter's Square to hear the pope's weekly general audience. When it came to liturgical celebrations the number more that doubled, adding up to 846,000. Almost 102,000 people took part in special audiences with the pope.
These numbers only account for activities that took place at the Vatican or Castel Gandolfo, not apostolic visits in Italy or abroad.