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Sky to televise canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

Pope Francis will preside over ceremony in St Peter’s Square, broadcast live on Sky Arts and Sky 3D

The canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II will be broadcast live on Sky 3D around Europe this April, for the very first time.

The ceremony on April 27 starts at 8.30am and will be broadcast in full, without advert breaks, while Sky customers without 3D services can view the ceremony on Sky Arts.

It will also be broadcast in Italy and Germany on Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland respectively, as the digital TV provider works alongside the Vatican Television Centre.

Around half a million people are expected to attend and Sky will bring customers an enhanced perspective of the ceremony with the use of 13 high-tech 3D cameras.

Sophie Turner Laing, MD, Content at Sky, said the company is keen to bring groundbreaking TV to its customers.

“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,” she said.

“We are truly delighted to partner with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland to bring this global exclusive to people across Europe in 3D.”

Sky presenters Colin Brazier and Alastair Bruce will host the programming, while explaining the proceedings.

The Mass will start at 9am GMT and Pope Francis will then proclaim his two predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, as ‘saints’.

Live coverage will come from the Braccio di Carlo Magno, an exclusive terrace overlooking St Peter’s Square.

Coverage will also be beamed in 80 cinemas across Europe, as well as a special screening to be held at Sotto il Monte in Bergamo – the birthplace of the future Pope John XXIII.

Sky is working alongside Sony and the town council to provide the screening – also live in 3D – with more than a thousand people expected to attend from the village and surrounding area.

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