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The canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII in 3D

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Millions will follow the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, and the Vatican Television Center will use up to 33 TV cameras and nine satellites to make it happen. 

The Vatican's service will work along with others TV companies like Sky, Sony, Eutelsat, Globecast, DBW Communication and Nexo Digital.

And though there's still a month to go, the event is already breaking records...not even the 2014 Sochi Olympics had so many satellites.

MSGR. DARÍO VIGANÒ
Director, Vatican Television Center
"We decided to use technology so that all countries can experience the ceremony, even if it's from afar. We also want historians to have a high quality record of the canonization.” 

The main goal is for all people to experience the canonization in St. Peter's Square, even if they're at home. 

To make that happen 13 cameras will air the ceremony in 3D, 15 in High Definition, and five in 4K resolution. 

The event will also make its way to the big screen. Roughly 500 movie theaters will air the ceremony live, in 20 countries, including Colombia, Brazil, the US, Spain, Austria and the UK. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesman
"It is a must to stay up to date with technology, because it's simply part of the future.” 

So, as the Vatican gets ready for the canonization of two Popes who made history, its television service also looks forward to setting its own record with technology.


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