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Life of first Pope comes alive on St. Peter's Basilica

On the night of October 2, the façade of St. Peter's was transformed into a movie screen. 

Projected on the basilica were artistic images of St. Peter that are found in the Vatican Museums. The images recounted the life of the fisherman with a reckless but noble character, whom Jesus chose as the head of His Church.

The screening was attended by the main representatives of the Curia as well as hundreds of pilgrims, tourists and spectators. Cardinal Mauro Gambetti—archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica—explained that the purpose of this initiative is to convey the faith through the life of St. Peter.

In a certain sense, it is as if St. Peter is telling us that within our stories there is a way. As if he were telling us,“I found the love of Jesus who looked at me in the deepest part of my life and there my existence was transformed.”

The premier featured a live performance from Andrea Bocelli, one of the guests of honor. The artist's music helped create the atmosphere necessary to contemplate and appreicate the film on the first Pope. 

The initiative was promoted by the Fratelli Tutti Foundation and screenings of the short film will be held every evening until October 21.