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Pilgrims to Rome during Jubilee an estimated 24.2 million
    Some 24.2 million pilgrims and tourists will have visited Rome during the Holy Year when it ends on 6 January, officials have predicted.
    Roman authorities have been evaluating the Jubilee and its 3400 events, including religious and non-religious events, which mobilised 70,000 volunteers.
    The figure comes close to forecasts made several years ago, when the Roman Agency for the Jubilee began to operate. The agency is an enterprise whose shareholders are Italian public institutions.
    The agency helped oversee plans to handle the Jubilee Year crowds, including World Youth Day. It also maintained a press office and helped organize almost 70,000 volunteers who assisted at about 400 events.