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The final tally? Cardinals were assigned 552,383 times, and, according to Ulrike Heckl from Adopt a Cardinal, only a few people were repeat customers. In addition, faithful from around the world who did not have email access also joined in. For example, a parish in the Philippines had more than 500 people join in prayer, and many other classes, families and prayer groups did the same.
The most incredible aspect of this campaign, noted Heckl, is not the vast number of people that responded, but rather the intensity in which many people responded to such a simple request: Pray for the Church. Many people have committed to keep praying for their cardinals. Others shared the deep impact that this prayer experience had on their lives. Many felt more connected with the cardinals and the entire Church worldwide.
This was an extraordinary way to experience the wide expanse of the Church, to connect with fellow Catholics around the world.