Pope Francis To Usher In Vatican 3D TV Transmission At Unprecedented Canonisation Ceremony

Argentina's cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will become the first pontiff seen globally in 3D during the upcoming April 27 ceremony in St. Peter’s Square when two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, will be canonised as saints.

The unprecedented double canonisation event will be produced in 3D by the Vatican TV Center (CTV) in a partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia, BSkyB and Sky Deutschland payboxes, and Sony. The ceremony will also be beamed into 3D movie theatres across Europe and in North and South America, in what is being touted as the first convergence of HD, 3D and 4K technologies for such a high-profile multimedia 3D event.

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

Vigano underlined that the Vatican decided 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 economic ones, the chance to get a “fully immersive” experience.

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

The HD feed will be carried by 100 broadcasters, including Italo pubcaster RAI, and viewed by an estimated 200,000 global TV audience.

The 3D TV feed will be beamed into Italy, the UK, and Germany on Sky.

The fact that CTV has teamed up with Sky on the 3D TV project, rather than RAI, which has until now been the Vatican’s customary TV partner in Italy, marks a major coup for Sky Italia.

Sky Italia managing director Andrea Zappia said he was “very proud” of the partnership with the Vatican which will also mark the first time Sky Italia, BSkyB, and Sky Deutschland team up on a live event.

More than 100 movie theatres in Italy will screen the ceremony in 3D through Nexo Digital, which will also beam it into movie theatres around the world, everywhere for free.

Roughly five million pilgrims are expected in Rome for the event, which will see four popes united in St Peter’s, given that the Vatican has confirmed that former Pope Benedict XVI will attend. Benedict, who stepped down from the papacy in February 2013, has been living a secluded existence inside the Vatican walls.

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  1. John says:

    I have always been curious as to where in the Bible the Catholic church gets its practices and traditions from? I am not trying to bash this is an honest question because I have many Catholic friends that do not know the answer to some questions that I have…regardless of what happened in the past I would like to know where in the Bible it states to do some of the practices of the Catholic Church…example: confessing sins to a man, baptism of a baby, repeating prayers, praying to statues or saints the list goes on and on but I think you catch my drift… I can easily find scripture that states otherwise which is why this is kinda confusing for me…so forget the attacks on the Churches themselves…I want to know where in the Bible it says to do these things, please advise…again an honest question NOT trying to bash

  2. MarkEyesOpen says:

    Must be a last ditch effort as I heard the Vatican is essentially bankrupt.

  3. Shiona Jones says:

    they can spend the vast amounts of money and resources to launch their power platform, but they can’t heal the damage they have caused to the multitudes with centuries of possession and abusive practices. PFHRRRRRRRRT!

  4. Sebastian says:

    Scared to show up in person, afraid of getting arrested?


  5. It’s hard to believe that in this day and time with all of the unprecedented knowledge at everyone’s disposal, that we still have over 5 million people who are so brainwashed, and at this point braindead to believe in such propaganda… ESPECIALLY when the Vatican and many within it at the highest levels including the popes and the Crown in England, have just been proven guilty by the International Court in Belgium for pedophilia, child/human trafficking, etc… ! Simply unbelievable stupidity at most sad at the continued levels of Demiurge mind-control of the masses on this planet!

  6. 3D pope? Looks like a setting up of a “Worship the Image” system here.

  7. mickrussom says:

    Jesus Christ saves, this Pope is just another man.

    • James casanova says:

      John first to help you would be to read the bible front to back ,you can start at Matthew or John in the New Testament to make it easy for you ,today there are apps that will read the bible to you,even when your driving, then go to Catholic answers page and ask them ,they help millions of lost folks everyday and if you are really serious for finding answers ? I can help you with reading the original Greek and Hebrew version of the Holy Scriptures ..I hope this helps you…God Bless Always jimmy………..jimmycasbuda@hotmail.com

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