Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,784 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

300,000 expected for each public event at beatification of John Paul II

Catholic World News - March 29, 2011

Vatican planners are expecting at least 300,000 people each of the public events surrounding the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1.

Organizers say that earlier estimates, predicting that up to 2 million could attend the ceremonies, were based on the total crowd figures for the 2-week period in 2005 between the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Father Cesare Atuire, the director of the Vatican’s office for pilgrims, observed that if 300,000 people attend each of the events in the 3-day celebration for the beatification, the total crowd figure will approach 1 million. And that figure is likely to move higher, he said.

Denying reports that all of Rome’s hotels are fully booked for the time of the beatification, Father Atuire said that pilgrims could still find rooms. “The city can manage any number of faithful,” he claimed.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,163 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,837.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 9 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 13 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6