Pope Francis drew 6.6 million to Vatican in 2013

Pope Francis waves incense as he celebrates mass during the end of the Solemnity of Christ the King in St. Peter's square on November 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Lizzie O'Leary at Palm Sunday Mass, 2013.

Our final note on the show today is about a CEO, of sorts, who had a banner year revitalizing a brand and essentially tripling business.

Pope Francis isn't always thought of as an executive, but these numbers are pretty startling. Pope Francis drew more than 6.6 million people to his masses, audiences and events in Vatican City from March 2013 until the end of the year. That contrasts with 2.3 million for Pope Benedict in all of 2012.

I was there for Francis's Palm Sunday Mass. Crowds farther than I could see.

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Lizzie O'Leary is the host of Marketplace Weekend.


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