Number of Faithful at “Urbi et Orbi” Shrinking Dramatically

Number of Faithful at “Urbi et Orbi” Shrinking Dramatically

en.news – 12/26/17
Pope Francis and his liberal ideology do appeal to the godless but fail to attract the faithful. The most recent example: During Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi“ blessing on December 25 Saint Peter’s Square was half empty.

The picture to the left shows the Christmas blessing in 2014 when the square was still full. The picture to the right is from Christmas day 2017.

Shrinking numbers of faithful since Francis became pope – also during his Wednesday Audiences – show his waning popularity among Catholics. His “popularity” is largely based on newspaper fame.

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One comment on “Number of Faithful at “Urbi et Orbi” Shrinking Dramatically

  1. The Francis effect?

    By Phil Lawler | Dec 26, 2017

    How popular is Pope Francis? With the public? With bishops and priests? With young seminarians? Ask different people, and you’ll get different answers. It’s hard to gain an accurate reading.

    But here’s a remarkably revealing clue, nearly hidden in a feel-good story about an American seminarian, Nick Sentovich, who is a 3rd-year student at the North American College in Rome, “and like all third-year seminarians, he was given the opportunity to assist during the papal Mass on Christmas Eve.”

    Usually, a lottery decides who will serve during the Christmas Eve Mass, but there weren’t enough students who expressed interest this year, Sentovich said, so everyone who applied was accepted.

    Emphasis added, obviously. But that’s not the only thing that should be obvious.

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