There was plenty of room in St. Peter's Square on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Regular readers of Call Me Jorge... know of our reporting about the decline in the number of people attending Francis' general audiences. For those that don't, Francis had less people show up to his general audiences in the last year than Benedict XVI did in his worst year. With every month which passes the audiences keep getting smaller and smaller. During his papal travels abroad, the crowds predicted for Francis often fail to materialize. Usually the blame is placed on weather. On the day in which the Holy Door was opened by Francis to kick off the Jubilee of Mercy a crowd in excess of 100,000 was expected. The reality turned out to be far, far less with only 40,000 in attendance. Don't worry officials had several excuses handy — people were worried because of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the weather was poor, and last but not least it was a Holy Day of Obligation (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) so the native Italians had the day off and decided to commit a sin by Christmas shopping.