Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world
While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic church’s first double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.
City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St. Peter’s Square on April 27.
For the first time, viewers will be able to watch the event live in 3-D movie theaters in 20 countries across North and South America and Europe through a deal between Vatican TV and Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV network, Sony and other partners.
The Vatican’s television unit CTV will produce the event in 3-D, and it will be screened in more than 600 movie theaters worldwide. Admission will be free.
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said the communications technology being used offers a “great opportunity for relationship, knowledge, participation, an opportunity to live history.”