During 2016, nearly 4 million people came to see the Pope at the Vatican.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household has published its annual summary of the numbers of participants at meetings and audiences with the Pope in the Vatican.
The statistics include general and special audiences, jubilee audiences, liturgical celebrations, and the Angelus and Regina Coeli addresses.
The Easter celebrations of March and the celebrations surrounding the canonization of Mother Teresa in September brought the highest numbers.
The Pope’s visits around Rome, to other places in Italy and his international trips are not included in the numbers.