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Vatican reveals surprising statistics on funeral Mass of John Paul II

Vatican City, Apr. 13, 2005 (CNA) - The Press Office of the Holy See released statistics on Tuesday about the attendance at the Pope’s funeral and about the media coverage of the event.

More than six thousand journalists, photographers and radio and TV personnel received accreditation by the Press Office of the Holy See and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

137 television networks in 81 countries on all five continents reported to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications that they broadcast the funeral.

Vatican Radio provided commentary for the funeral in seven different languages to hundreds of stations in Europe and America.


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