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More than 260,000 people attended the Pope’s celebrations this week

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More than 260,000 people participated this week in the celebrations that Pope Francis held in the Vatican, which included the return of general audiences to Saint Peter’s Square after two years of the coronavirus pandemic, it was officially reported.

During this day, More than 40,000 faithful followed the Regina Caeli prayer presided over by the pontiff in Saint Peter’s Squareaccording to official figures released this Sunday.

While, last Sunday more than 100,000 people came to the same place to listen to the Urbi et Orbi blessing that the Pope addressed “to Rome and the world” from the central balcony of the Vatican Basilicaon the occasion of the celebration of Easter, according to data from the Vatican Gendarmerie.

The next day, Jorge Bergoglio first gathered 25,000 faithful for the Regina Caeli prayer of the so-called “Pasquetta” and, in the afternoon, it brought together more than 80,000 young Italians who participated in the Vatican square in a pilgrimage event promoted by the Italian Church.

On Wednesday the 21st, meanwhile, on the return of the general audiences to Saint Peter’s Square after more than two years referred to other sites or suspended due to the pandemic, 20,000 people went to listen to the Argentine Pope live.

Already on Friday of last week, some 7,000 faithful went to the Roman Colosseum to see the Via Crucis led by the Pope, within the framework of the activities for the Easter week, according to data from the police of the Italian capital.

Francisco, 85, continues to have pain in his right knee that restricts his movement in some celebrations, although he maintains his weekly meetings with the faithful, which take place on Wednesdays and Sundays, without alterations.



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