2014-01-02 Vatican - Over 6.6 million people have attended events led by Pope Francis at the Vatican since his election in March.

Figures released by the Pontifical Household on Thursday are based on the number of tickets issued for papal events where they are needed, such as general audiences, Masses and private audiences.

A communiqué said they were also based on estimates of the number of people at events where tickets are not needed, such as the weekly Angelus or Regina Coeli or other celebrations in St. Peter’s Square.

It specified that the figures released do not include the crowds that turned out to see the pope during his trips to Brazil, to Assisi to Lampedusa and other events in Italy and in the Rome diocese.

Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013.