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Monday, January 19, 2015

6 to 7 MILLION for Pope Francis in the Philippines-Largest Papal Crowd in History:makes the list of largest peaceful gatherings in history!

Manila: Pope Francis celebrates a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenchedcrowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday. 
World record. Filipinos fill the Rizal Park and the areas nearby to attend the mass
celebrated by Pope Francis (inset) at the Quirino Grandstand on Sunday. Ey Acasio
and AFP

On January 2015, over 6 to 7 million attended the Concluding Eucharistic Celebration in Manila, ending the 5-day apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines, making the largest papal crowd in history, surpassing previous record (listed below).

This amazing Catholic feat now makes it to the list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event beating some of the more notable gatherings in very recent history:

                             More than a million barefoot devotees parade a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ through                                       Manila in the Philippines' biggest religious festival, ©Ted Aljibe (AFP)

Millions of pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for Islam's annual Hajj pilgrimage

  • An estimated 3.16 million people made the annual Hajj to MeccaSaudi Arabia in 2012 (1.4 million from Saudi and 1.75 Foreigners).

President Barack Obama gives his inaugural address to a worldwide audience from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol after taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009

People hold panels to create the eyes of late Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as "Charb"
  • An estimated 1.2-1.6 million people, including several heads of state, marched in Paris (with a total of 3.7 million marching across the world) on 11 January 2015 for an anti-terrorism rally in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting; the gathering was the largest in French history.

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