ROME AND MILAN TO OFFER 20 MEGASCREENS FOR CANONIZATION - 11 ROMAN CHURCHES OFFER ALL NIGHT VIGIL APRIL 26 FOR PRAYER, CONFESSIONS
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Today is the feast of St. George and an extra-added bonus for Vatican employees. The Popes name day is always a Vatican holiday and, since Pope Francis birth name is Jorge (George), employees add todays holiday to the six days they got off at Easter! As the song goes, Nice work if you can get it.!

There were a number of canonization-related press conferences today, one of which was organized by ORP, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, and concerned all the logistical information for the weekends events and double canonization on Divine Mercy Sunday.

They said that officials from the city of Rome, from the major transportation companies (municipal busses and subways, as well as private bus companies), and from the waste management company are working hand in hand with police and other officials, including members of civil defense, to create orderly movement in and around the city of Rome in coming days, especially over the weekend on April 26 and 27 when the major number of visitors will be in town for the double canonization. An estimated 2,000 police will be on duty every day.

Civil defense alone will have 2,630 volunteers for 12-hour shifts. The subway will run non-stop from Saturday morning to 12:30 am Monday, the 28th. Bus hours will be lengthened as well. Medical personnel and ambulances will be stationed around the city and lanes kept open for emergency vehicles. There will be 980 chemical bathrooms, of which 439 in and near St. Peters (including 66 for the disabled) and 541 in other areas of the city (of which 81 will be for disabled).

Via dei Fori Imperiali has been pedestrian-only since April 18 and will remain closed to traffic until May 4.

Sunday April 27, is the big day of the canonization. The papal Mass will start at 10.00 am in St. Peter's Square. Tickets are not necessary. It is basically first come, first served and completely free, as are all papal events. The main entrance to the square will be at the end of Via della Conciliazione.

How many people will come to Rome? Estimates range from 800,000 to 2 million and beyond. Both Rome and the Vatican are making sure they're ready for either scenario.

ROME AND MILAN TO OFFER 20 MEGASCREENS FOR CANONIZATION

A total of 19 giant screens placed in and around Rome will offer visitors the chance to follow the April 27 canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. Three such screens are already on Via dei Fori Imperiali, the broad avenue from Pza. Venezia to the Colosseum, one at the Colosseum and 15 more are being set up. One screen on Via dei Fori Imperiali will offer English language commentary. In Milan, the faithful will be able to watch the canonization Mass on a screen in front of the Duomo in Pza. Del Duomo.

Authorities are setting up a megascreen at Fiumicino Airport at the Roma Terrazza of Terminal 3 departures. The other screens in Rome which will offer different languages are: 2 in Piazza Pio XII, 4 on Via della Conciliazione, 1 at Largo Giovanni XXIII, 4 in the pedestrian area and gardens of Castel SantAngelo, 1 in Piazza Navona (for Polish pilgrims), 1 in Piazza Esquilino at St. Mary Major and 1in Piazza Farnese (for French-speaking pilgrims).

Until April 28, in addition to the ceremonies, practical information will appear from time to time on these screens as well as films and documentaries.

11 ROMAN CHURCHES OFFER ALL NIGHT VIGIL APRIL 26 FOR PRAYER, CONFESSIONS

Starting a 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, the vigil of the canonization Mass for Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, eleven Roman churches will offer all night prayer vigils with time for confession in different languages.

SantAgnese in Piazza Navona - Via di Santa Maria dellAnima 30 - Polish.

San Marco at Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) - Piazza San Marco 48 Italian, English

Sant Anastasia - Piazza di SantAnastasia - Portuguese

Santissimo Nome di Ges (the Gesu church near Largo Argentina) - Piazza del Ges Italian, Spanish

S. Maria in Vallicella (also known as Chiesa Nuova) - Via del Governo Vecchio 134 Italian

S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini - Via Acciaioli 2 Italian

S. Andrea della Valle - Piazza Vidoni 6 (on Corso Vittorio Emanuele) - French

S. Bartolomeo allIsola Tiberina - Tiberina Island, 22 Italian, Arabic

S. Ignazio di Loyola in Campo Marzio - Via del Caravita 8/a - Italian

Chiesa delle SS. Stimmate - Largo delle Stimmate 1 Italian

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