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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fiat Lux?


Fiat Lux was conceived and imagined by the World Bank Group Connect4Climate, Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Obscura and Okeanos. Working in collaboration, event partners will illuminate the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 8 at the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with an unprecedented live contemporary public art video projection that will convey to a global audience images of the earth and all of its living creatures.

What is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy?


The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is a major event in the Catholic Church, held from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2015 to the Feast of Christ the King on Nov. 20, 2016. Jubilees generally take place every 25 or 50 years.

Who are the partners involved?


The partner coalition involved in the event includes The World Bank Group, Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Obscura and Okeanos.

When and how will the projections be announced?


The Vatican held a press conference on Dec. 4, 2015 to announce all events related to the Jubilee.

When and where will Fiat Lux take place?


The projections will illuminate the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CET.

What inspired this event?


Fiat Lux is inspired by the messages on climate and species in the Encyclical “Laudato Si’” of Pope Francis, and will call on all citizens of the world to join and celebrate a global movement to protect Our Common Home, the Earth, and all of its living creatures.

Will other viewing events be taking place?


There will be a special viewing for Vulcan’s employees. A viewing tool kit for Seattle Parishes will also be available so that they may share the experience with their parishioners.

What do the partners hope to achieve by supporting this project?


The collaborative, global partnership aims to inspire audiences around the world through an engaging experience encouraging them to join a movement to protect our planet and its inhabitants. Through the Our Common Home campaign initiated by Vulcan Inc., audiences are encouraged to utilize the #OurCommonHome hashtag to engage in conversations across social channels as well as visit the website to learn more about the project and other ways to get involved.

How is Fiat Lux being funded?


Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., together with the Li Ka Shing Foundation and Okeanos, are presenting a gift of public art to His Holiness Pope Francis and the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. The gift is designed as a beautiful contemporary artistic interpretation of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si’” and the Integral Ecology message, and will serve as the backdrop for the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on Dec. 8.

What digital and media assets will be produced around the event?


Vulcan will host a microsite as part of the Our Common Home campaign that includes a live-stream video of the event and a special section media can leverage to build out stories and download high and low-resolution photos. Vulcan is also distributing a press release.

Coalition Partners


Vulcan
La Ka Shing Foundation
Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea
Connect4Climate
Obscura Digital
Oceanic Preservation Society