Preparing for Mother Teresa’s canonization – In the heart of the Jubilee

More than 100,000 faithful are expected to gather in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning, 4 September, for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which will be presided over by Pope Francis. The celebration, which is one of the key moments of the Holy Year of Mercy, will also have the attention of the media, as it will be followed by 600 journalists from around the world and 125 television correspondents.

Details and information about the ceremony were presented in a briefing on Friday, 2 August, in the Holy See Press Office. Director Greg Burke ensured the highest level of Vatican media coverage for the event. Live coverage of the event will be offered by Vatican Radio, which will broadcast in six languages, as well as in Albanian. Live coverage will also be provided on Monday morning, 5 September, Mother Teresa’s first feast day, when Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving in St Peter’s Square. In collaboration with mc360Photo, the Secretariat for Communications will implement the project “I was there”, a high resolution panoramic shot of the Square, which will allow you to zoom in on the face of each individual present.

Regarding the television coverage of the event, Stefano D’Agostini, Director of the Vatican Television Center, explained that footage will be captured in 4K Ultra HD, which is also the modern standard for material storage. Nine cameras will be used in the Square, with special shots taken from above, to show the size of the crowd gathered in the scope of Bernini’s Colonnade. Images will be broadcast for the world to see, and high definition streaming will also be available in America and Asia.

The briefing also included the participation of Sr Mary Prema Pierick, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Marcilio Haddad Andrino, who was healed from a severe form of hydrocephalus through Mother Teresa’s intercession, a miracle which was decisive for the canonization, and Fr Brian Kolodiejchuk, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers and postulator of the Cause.

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