Pope Francis will canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square on April 27.
When this was first announced, I wanted to be there. But, of course, I don’t have the money, have to work and well, so much for that idea. Then, I considered the crush of crowds and decided that even if I had the money and the time, I still wouldn’t want to do it.
I’m not really a big crowd girl. That’s why I do most of my Christmas shopping on-line.
It turns out that the best view of the proceedings may be at my local movie theater.
The Vatican is going to live-stream the proceedings. What a wonderful gift to all of us.
From Huff Post Religion:
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever 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 historic 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.