Vatican: 19 Million pilgrims in Rome for the Holy Year of Mercy

Source: FSSPX News

The Holy Year of Mercy ended on November 13, 2016, in the dioceses of the entire world, and on November 20 in St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, where the closing of the holy door drew an “unprecedented” audio-visual coverage. According to the press agency I.Media on November 16, these were the first papal ceremonies in history to be broadcasted live on ultra-high-definition TV.

The total number of pilgrims in Rome for the Holy Year was over 19 million, according to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, on November 3, 2016. The symbolic number of 10 million was reached on June 22.

For the Holy Year in the year 2000, The Roman Agency for the Jubilee estimated that the number pilgrims from December 24, 1999, to January 5, 2001, was over 25 million. Other estimates said it was close to 32 million.

(sources: apic/i.media – DICI no.345 dated Nov. 25, 2016)