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Pope by numbers: Vatican releases statistics of Francis’ pontificate

In just five years as leader of the universal Church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, travelling 154,906 miles – the equivalent of six times around the world.

He also has declared 880 new saints, which includes the martyrdom of an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century.

Those numbers and more were released by the Vatican, detailing the many papal events, documents, travels and accomplishments the past five years.

The numbers, released on 17th March, cover the period from March 19, 2013 – the solemnity of St Joseph, the day officially inaugurating the start of his pontificate – to 19th March 2018.