There is more to the size of the crowd than just numbers.
Associated Press ran a story of Pope Francis July 28 Copacabana mass that concluded his highly successful visit in Brazil. A native of Argentina, the Brazil visit that capped the 2014 World Youth day, was his first in Latin America.
Press reports, quoting official figures by Vatican, said the Copacabana mass was attended by three million.
The reports said, in the history of Papal visits, only the five million Philippine crowds at the Rizal park mass of Pope John Paul II in 1995 topped the number of assembled Catholics at the Copacabana beach.
(Although the Rizal Park crowd is no doubt mammoth, there are some technical people who cast doubt on the five million estimate as that would have meant people standing shoulder to shoulder on the streets up to Pasay City. But it still feels good that the Philippine’s record in welcoming the Pope has remained unmatched.)
AP, however, raised the impossibilityRead More »from The politics of crowd estimate