CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 10 November 2018

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Hong Kong magnate among sponsors of Vatican lightshow

HONG KONG (UCAN): Recognised as being the wealthiest Chinese person in the world, Hong Kong magnate, Li Ka-shing, was one of the sponsors of a spectacular lightshow heralding the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Rome on December 8.

The three-hour spectacular, threw colourful images of people from various parts of the world onto the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as scenes of nature and the threats of climate change.

Running under the title, Fiat Lux (Let there be light): Illuminating our Common Home, it is estimated that around 1.5 million people watched the production.

The lightshow was staged by a conglomerate of social justice organisations under the umbrella of the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate Campaign.

It was sponsored by Hong Kong-based Li Ka Shing Foundation along with Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, through Vulcan Inc., the digital projection group, Obscura, and the environmentalist technical company, Okeanos.

Eighty-seven-year-old Li is ranked the richest Chinese person and lands 17th among the billionaires of the world, with Forbes 2015 estimating his net worth at US$33.3 billion ($258.1 billion).

In a press release from the Li Ka-shing Foundation on December 9, Li said he was honoured to take part in the project and hopes it will inspire reflection, rekindling our quest for spiritual and scientific wisdom, renewing our hope and steadfastness.”

He added, “While science and technology can broaden human perspective, it is only through love that humanity can prevail. That is why it is such a privilege to participate in this project here, at the very nexus of the philosophy of brotherly love.”

 

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