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Papal nuncio investigates low turnout for papal Mass in Jerusalem

May 22, 2009

The low turnout for a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI outside Jerusalem on May 14 has prompted inquiries from the apostolic nuncio. Although organizers of the papal trip expected a congregation of 5,000, only about 3,000 appeared. The area was under tight security, with tickets required for entry, and the faithful were required to arrive several hours before the Eucharistic celebration. Archbishop Antonio Franco, the papal nuncio, is looking into reports that some people with tickets were turned away.


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