With such a popular canonization like that of John Paul II and John XXIII, there's a lot of behind the scenes work that comes into play. Everything from transportation and security to volunteers and ushers.
The first thing of course is making sure everyone gets to see the ceremony, but with limited space in St. Peter's Square, a total of 19 screens will be set up along the city. From nearby streets all the way down to Piazza Navona and even the Fiumicino airport.
MSGR. LIBERIO ANDREATTA
Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi
"The city will be welcoming and livable during the ceremony. The city will see something that has never happened in the history of Rome or in the history of the Church. Two saintly Popes and two living Popes.”
Rome's Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, also announced other details for religious ceremonies.
On Saturday April 26th, at 5 o clock, a Vigil will take place in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls . Yet another vigil will take place at 7 o clock in the so called 'Chiesa degli Artisti' in Piazza del Popolo. Parishes across the city will join in evening prayer at 9 o clock.
"Since mid April we've been adopting the appropriate measures. When it comes to transportation the 64 bus which takes passengers from the Termini Train station all the way to St. Peter's has been going back and fourth basically 24 hours a day.”
Sunday April 27th is of course the big day of the canonization. It will start at 10.00am in St. Peter's Square. Tickets are not necessary. It's basically a first come, first serve basis and of course, it's completely free. The main entrance to the Square will be at the end of Via della Conciliazione.
Then on Monday 28th, a Mass will be held at 10.00 in the Square.
As far as how many people are expected, the numbers range from 800,000 all the way to 2 million. Either way, the city of Rome and the Vatican are making sure they're ready for either scenario.
VIGILS ON SATURDAY 26TH AT 21.00
S. Agnese in Agone a Piazza Navona - Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima 30 A – 00186 (POLISH)
S. Marco al Campidoglio - Piazza San Marco 48 - 00186 ITA (ENGLISH)
S. Anastasia - Piazza di Sant’Anastasia - 00186 (PORTGUESE)
Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina - Piazza del Gesù – 00186 ITA, SPANISH
S. Maria in Vallicella - Via del Governo Vecchio 134 – 00186 ITALIAN
S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini - Via Acciaioli 2 – 00186 ITALIAN
S. Andrea della Valle - Piazza Vidoni 6 - 00186 FRENCH
S. Bartolomeo all’Isola Tiberina - Isola Tiberina 22 – 00186 ARAB
S. Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio - Via del Caravita 8/a - 00186 ITALIAN
Chiesa delle SS. Stimmate - Largo delle Stimmate 1 – 00187ITALIAN
Chiesa dei XII Apostoli - Piazza Santi Apostoli 51 - 00186 ITALIAN
Basilica Sacro Cuore di Gesù - Via Marsala 42 - 00186 ITALIAN