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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
A picture is projected on St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
People gather to watch images projected on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The Vatican is lending itself to environmentalism with a special public art installation timed to coincide with the final stretch of climate negotiations in Paris. On Tuesday night, the facade of St. Peter's Basilica has been turned into a massive backdrop for a photo light show about nature organized by several humanitarian organizations. Organizers offered the installation as a gift to Francis to mark his Holy Year of Mercy, which began Tuesday. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
A picture is projected on the facade and the cupola of St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture is projected on the cupola of St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
A picture is projected on the cupola of St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: An image is seen as it is projected on St. Peters Basilica's front side during the show 'Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home' on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 08: Images are projected onto the walls of St Peter's Basilica during a light Installation at St. Peter's Square on December 8, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. The public art projection 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home' featured images of humanity and climate change to celebrate the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
A picture is projected on the facade and the cupola of St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday (December 8) evening provided the backdrop for a light show spectacle featuring large-scale images of humanity, the natural world and climate change.

The colourful video and photo projections lit up the facade of the basilica, delighting the large crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square to marvel at the sight.

The contemporary art display was staged by a group of humanitarian organisations under the auspices of the World Bank Group's Connect4Climate initiative as a gift to Pope Francis at the start of the Catholic Holy Year which the pontiff officially opened earlier in the day.

The installation was inspired by the themes of climate change, human dignity and the earth's living creatures in the pope's encyclical on environment, "Laudato Si", organizers said in a statement.

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