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Ed. Note: This blog has tracked attendance information pertaining to numbers of people coming to see Francis, whether they were pedestrians during his Strasbourg visit (see here and here) or pilgrims attending the General Audiences and coming out for feast days in St. Peter’s Square (see here).

To this information, I need to add this post from the excellent blog EX MAGNA SILENTIUM or EX MAGNO SILENTIO FOR THE RECORD. (see here) What I find even more interesting is a comment submitted by stevephoenix72. I will reproduce it here at the top of this re-blog and WITHOUT COMMENT:

stevephoenix72 says:
April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I had not had the occasion to share this fact with you and your readers, Steve e.: but, recently, a “New Church” (my phraseology) religious sister returned from a visit to Rome at Easter: she and her congregation are very pro-Bergoglio, and she commented that she had attended one of the Easter papal general audiences.

She also commented how sad it was that people seemed not to be supporting Pope Francis: she added that she and others who went to attend the audience on her particular day were actually paid, I repeat, paid, to attend the audience. I was so astounded that I didn’t think quickly enough at the time to ask how many Euros–just as well, because I didn’t want to seem too interested. I said it was indeed sad to hear.

Now, those who know Rome also know that very often, esp. under P. John Paul II and P. Benedict XVI that tickets were needed in advance for certain occasions—but they were free, and obtained either from one of the religious orders or congregations, if you knew whom to ask, or usually from the Vatican office at the Port of the Clock. No one, ever, received payment for attending!

So, even the Bergoglio-istas are aware of the lens image of unpopularity.

It is really bad.

If this is true…


I went to RomeReports yesterday to watch Pope Francis’ Wednesday General Audience.  The video is nearly an hour.  It begins as usual with the pope circulating through the gathered crowd, stopping periodically to kiss a child held up to him, trying on skull caps handed to him, waving and I assume blessing people.

As I watched, it occurred to me that at times it appears that a large crowd is with him that day.  Then at other times, it appears that those along the route are four or five deep and none behind them.  I realized it was not easy to see whether the crowd was large, although I had the impression that it could have been.

Then, I realized what was happening.  Most of the video are close-ups of the pope and the people gathered.  Farther shots are also failing to give a clear picture of the numbers…

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