Even Crux takes note of the smaller crowd which with all other popes would be packed:
On Sunday, Francis entered a roughly three-quarters full St. Peter’s Square in his popemobile and was driven to the obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square, where he began Palm Sunday Mass. After the cardinals and other concelebrants processed to the main altar, the pope followed in his popemobile and incensed the altar before taking his seat.
The number of the Faithful in these outdoor Masses continues to drop dramatically. The central Cross once on the altar shunted to the side of the altar: