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For the first time in history, the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be broadcast live on Sky 3D this April, and in 2D on Sky Arts.

The ceremony will be broadcast in full, without ad breaks for the duration. It will also be broadcast in Italy and Germany on Sky Italia, and Sky Deutschland, as part of an international co-production alongside the Vatican Television Centre.

“At Sky, we believe in bringing our customers groundbreaking TV that they are passionate about. We can think of no better fit than this momentous occasion, in what we are sure will be a stunning combination of time honoured tradition and cutting edge technology.  We are truly delighted to partner with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to bring this global exclusive to people across Europe in 3D.” – Sophie Turner Laing, MD, Content at Sky

With an estimated half a million people to attend, the 3D experience will provide audiences  with an unprecedented and exclusive perspective of Pope Francis and of St. Peter’s Square, using 13 state-of-the-art 3D cameras. The ceremony will also be beamed into cinemas 80 cinemas across Europe, offering free tickets to audiences.

In addition to cinemas, a special screening will be held at Sotto il Monte, the village in the province of Bergamo which was the birthplace of Angelo Roncalli, the future Pope John XXIII: in a space granted by the municipality. Sky – in collaboration with Sony and the town council itself – will provide live 3D coverage, which is expected to be attended by over a thousand people from the village and the surrounding towns.

Coverage on Sky will commence from 8.30am GMT, and will be hosted by Sky News presenters Colin Brazier and Alastair Bruce, who will provide analyses and explanation on proceedings. Live coverage will come from the Braccio di Carlo Magno, an exclusive terrace in St. Peter’s Square, in presence of Italian and international guests. The Mass is due to start at 9am GMT, and will be presided over by Pope Francis: the Pope will make his entrance and celebrate a special Mass where he will proclaim his two predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II “saints”.

The 3D coverage is an international co-production by Centro Televisivo Vaticano, in collaboration with Sky Italia, BSkyB and Sky Deutschland.

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