During his first
year as head of the Catholic Church, more 4 million people attended
Pope Benedict’s public events. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was
elected one year ago, on April 19 2005.
showed that the Wednesday general audience continued to draw important
crowds to the new Pope, with more than a million people attending from
April 2005 to April 2006 and an average of 24,000 each week.
The most popular event was the Holy Father’s Sunday Angelus with 1,875,000 people having attended.
most of the major events, the peak months of attendance were October
and November 2005, with an average 150,000 attending the Wednesday
audience and 250,000 the Sunday Angelus during the two months.
figures confirm the vitality of Vatican celebrations and events
celebrated by the Pope, despite speculation that Benedict would
struggle in succeeding the charismatic Pope John Paul II.
As last week’s Holy Week celebrations demonstrated, the Vatican continues to be a massive center of attention for the world.
the Vatican’s Prefecture of the Pontifical Household released
attendance figures for Pope Benedict XVI’s General Audiences, held each
Wednesday, as well as all other public events presided by the Holy
Father at the Vatican during his first year of his pontificate.