It's the Holy See as cinemas to show sainthood ceremony in 3D
COMING soon to a cinema near you – the first 3D canonisation of two saints live from the Vatican.
Four Irish cinemas are to host live screenings of the dual canonisation ceremony of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII next Sunday.
The 3D shows will be among a series of events taking place around the country to coincide with the ceremony in St Peter's Square in Rome.
Already close to half of the 150 seats available at Movies@ Dundrum in South Dublin for the 9am show have been snapped up and tickets are going fast for the screening at Movies@Swords, according to a cinema spokeswoman.
Dublin's Cineworld cinema will also show the special ceremony in 3D, as well as the SGC cinema in Dungarvan and Movies@Gorey in Wexford.
The initiative is part of a strategy by the Vatican to reach out to the faithful using the latest technology to give people unable to attend the ceremony in person an opportunity to experience it 'virtually'.
The live transmission from the Vatican will require "more satellites than the Sochi Olympics", Monsignor Dario Vigano said at a recent Vatican press conference.
He said 13 3D cameras will be set up in in St Peter's Square to give "a unique and exclusive vantage point" to the ceremony. It is estimated that about 1.2 billion people around the world will watch the ceremony.