UPDATE: This magnificent program was captured LIVE so it now can rerun right on this page, WATCH below…
On Tuesday December 8th, everyone in the world who is connected to the internet can tune into a live stream from Rome for a heavenly surprise.
Starting 1pm EST, the face of St. Peter’s Basilica will be lit up with breath-taking projected images of our beautiful planet – a multi-media show to raise awareness for climate change.
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The public art display known as “Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home” marks the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, an almost year-long Catholic celebration of divine mercy. The projection on the Basilica is being presented as a gift to Pope Francis who has encouraged positive action against global warming.
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The images, of ocean life, flowers in bloom, wild animals, and indigenous people, many taken by National Geographic photographers, are meant to deepen the meaning of the Paris climate talks, COP21, as well as the Jubilee, and are intended to demonstrate humanity’s dependency on the planet and its dire need for immediate attention.
“We are honored to be working with the Vatican to raise awareness of an issue so critical to our shared goal of ending extreme poverty,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim about their support for the art display. “The poorest people in the world are disproportionately affected by the effects of a warming climate and are most vulnerable to natural disasters and extreme weather. This impressive initiative will draw global attention to the urgency of tackling climate change for the sake of people and our planet.”