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The faithful attend a candlelight vigil in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11 to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
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The faithful attend a candlelight vigil in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11 to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
More than 2.3 million pilgrims and visitors joined Pope Benedict for an audience, liturgy or prayer at the Vatican or Castel Gandolfo in 2012.

The 2012 total was down by about 200,000 from the number of visitors reported in 2011.