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47 cinemas in UK to screen John Paul II and John XXIII canonisations

By on Monday, 14 April 2014

Cities with cinemas broadcasting the ceremony include London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle

Cities with cinemas broadcasting the ceremony include London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle

47 different cinemas across the UK will be screening the canonisations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Cinemas in major cities in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland will offer locals the opportunity to watch the historic event on the big screen in 2D or 3D. Cities with cinemas broadcasting the ceremony include London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle

At a press conference in the Vatican, CTV chief Monsignor Dario Vigano said the live transmission will require “more satellites than the Sochi Olympics.”

Vigano said that the Vatican wanted to offer the canonisation ceremony to the world in 3D in order to give people who would want to attend but cannot, for many reasons including cost, the chance to get a “fully immersive” experience.

The production will use 13 3D cameras positioned in spots that will give a unique vantage point of St Peter’s Square.