10 years of the pontificate of Pope Francis in numbers

10 years of the pontificate of Pope Francis in numbers

569 meetings of Pope Francis at the Angelus and Regina Coeli prayer, 437 general audiences, 40 foreign trips to a total of 60 countries – these are the statistics provided by the Vatican in connection with the tenth anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio falling on Monday.

The list of the number of midday Marian prayers and general audiences also included those which, in the acute phase of the pandemic, were held without the participation of the faithful, and the Pope gave reflections and catechesis, and sent greetings from the library in the Apostolic Palace.

The pope wrote three encyclicals. The first, “Lumen fidei” (Light of Faith), was announced less than four months after the conclave, in June 2013. Francis himself called it an encyclical written “in four hands”, because work on it was started by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

In 2015, the socio-ecological encyclical “Laudato si'” was published, and in 2020 a document on fraternity between people “Fratelli tutti”.

Francis has also issued six apostolic constitutions, including last year’s “Praedicate Evangelium” on the reform of the Roman Curia.

Since the beginning of the pontificate, five apostolic exhortations have also been published, including “Evangelii Gaudium” in 2013 on the preaching of the Gospel in the modern world. Three years later, “Amoris laetitia” about love in the family was published.

The Pope has presided over eight consistories so far; the last one was in August last year.

The Vatican also summed up the World Youth Day organized three times with the participation of Francis. This event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013 was attended by over 3.5 million people, according to local media. The final mass of WYD in Krakow in 2016 was attended by over 3 million people, and in Panama in 2019 by over 700,000.

Five synods convened by Francis were recalled: two on the family, on youth, on the Amazon, and one opened in 2021 and lasting until 2024 on the subject of the synodal Church.

The Vatican also presented canonization and beatification statistics. The Pope has declared 899 saints. The record year was 2013, when he canonized 800 martyrs from Otranto in Apulia, murdered in 1480 by the Turks for refusing to convert to Islam.

Francis canonized three popes: John XXIII and John Paul II in 2014, and Paul VI in 2018.

Since 2013, 1,443 people have been beatified.

The Vatican statistics also include 328 audiences with heads of state and government officials and dignitaries, 40 trips abroad by the Pope and 35 visits to Italy.

From Rome Sylwia Wysocka (PAP)

Source link

Leave a Reply