More on the numbers front

  • June 21, 2008

Not that we're still playing a numbers game, but hey, let's have a little fun. The other day we reported on the numbers of clerics of various hues. Today let's talk about civic pride.

Organizers of the International Eucharistic Congress have given the media a few numbers about the 12,000 or so registered delegates to chew on. Among them:

  • 7,869 are Canadian;
  • Quebec City has registered 2,449;
  • Montreal sent 789;
  • Toronto sent 538. But we're expecting another 800 from Toronto's Chinese Catholic parishes to arrive today and be present en masse at the closing liturgy on Sunday;
  • There are 704 Americans.

There are more than 80 countries represented. The three official languages are English, French and Spanish. There's more Spanish being spoken here than expected, reflecting the rising influence of Hispanic Catholics in North America.

Another significant figure: $14 million. That's the overall budget, which the organizers stayed below (a point they are proud of raising).

Of that, $3 million came from various levels of government.

But who's counting, eh?


For more coverage by the Catholic Register on the 49th International Eucharistic Congress see:

You’ll know they are pilgrims by their backpacks

Your TV eye on the Eucharistic Congress

This just in from head office

Rain or applause?

There's plenty of elbow room

Why is it always a United Church?

Where are young priests? Right here

Something old, something new

Those clerics are everywhere

The Eucharist is also service

Spending a little quiet time with Jesus

New priests bring new life to church

We're all softies at heart



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