Pope Francis Drew 6.6 Million At Vatican In 2013

By: CBS/AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CBS/AP Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
 The statistics released Thursday cover only events held at the Vatican starting from Francis

I thought being concerned about the poor and wanting to help those less fortunate was a good thing. But Sarah Palin criticized the Pontiff for being "kind of liberal" (which she views as a really bad thing) though she didn't specify the offending words and later apologized. And Rush Limbaugh even labeled the Pope's words about capitalism, income inequality and urging world leaders to combat poverty as being "pure Marxism." I guess the lesson for the Pope is don't actually preach what's in the Bible or else some on the right will call you names.

VATICAN CITY (CBS/AP) - The Vatican says Pope Francis drew more than 6.6 million people to his audiences, Masses and other Vatican events in 2013, more than twice as many as his predecessor Benedict XVI did in his first year as pope.

The statistics released Thursday cover only events held at the Vatican starting from Francis' March 13 election. They don't include his trips, including World Youth Day in Brazil and trips within Italy: The Vatican estimated that some 3.7 million people attended Francis' final World Youth Day Mass in Rio alone, though statisticians put the true figure at about half that.

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For comparison's sake, the Vatican reported that some 2.85 million people attended Vatican events in Benedict's first year as pope in 2005.

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Francis is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope.


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