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Xt3's 2015 Lent App Embraces Indigenous Australian Theme

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
13 Feb 2015

This year, the Archdiocese of Sydney's social network Xt3.com, has released a Lent Calendar App featuring a unique Indigenous Australian theme.

The 2015 Xt3 Lent Calendar App is now available to download for FREE on your iPhone, iPad and Android devices, with the first daily reflection available on Ash Wednesday, 18 February 2015, the first day of Lent.

During the season of Lent, Xt3's Lent Calendar will provide daily inspiration through videos, podcasts and reflections, as well as beautiful images of our Catholic faith through the eyes and artworks of Indigenous Australians.

By working closely with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC), the Xt3 team has selected images from around the country that tell the Lenten story with an Indigenous Australian voice. The Lent Calendar and App will also feature the Aboriginal Stations of the Cross series of artworks painted by Richard Campbell in 2001, which now adorn the walls of the Reconciliation Church at La Perouse in Sydney.

This year's Calendar will also, for the first time, feature a special Easter message from Sydney's new Archbishop, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.

Xt3.com has released a new Lent Calendar and App, with a different theme and focus, every year since 2009.

"This is Xt3's sixth Lent Calendar, and each year it has become more popular," says Mary Elias, Content Manager for Xt3.com.

"Our Apps are diverse, engaging, rich in content, and especially this year, unique in creative presentation. We are very excited about the launch of the 2015 Lent App," she adds.

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Other content will include podcast reflections from various Australian consecrated men and women as we celebrate the Year for Consecrated Life, short video reflections from international author and speaker Fr Jacques Philippe on the topics of prayer and spiritual life, short Catechesis videos created by Xt3.com, reflections on saints' feast days, a narration of the Stations of the Cross by Australia's Missionaries of God's Love sisters, as well as a series of Youth Ministry videos, created especially for the Xt3 2015 Lent Calendar.

Xt3 will also be providing a number of Indigenous Australian-themed reflections including Saint John Paul II's speech to Aboriginal Australians, an interview with Indigenous Australian artist Shirley Purdie, notable for winning the 2007 Blake Prize for religious art, as well as a Good Friday video reflection featuring Richard Campbell's Aboriginal Stations of the Cross.

In 2014, Xt3's Lent Calendar App reached 9,309 downloads, and with this year's theme it is expected to be even more popular and will create wide-spread interest both in Australia and internationally.

"We are very grateful to Richard Campbell who has allowed us to use his beautiful Stations of the Cross images, and to all the Indigenous people who have contributed," says Katrina Lee, Director of Catholic Communications for the Archdiocese of Sydney.

On each day of Lent, a new image and reflection will be revealed, with the first feature available on Ash Wednesday, 18 February 2015. The App will continue to run for one week after Easter up to Divine Mercy Sunday, and will conclude with a World Youth Day 2016 feature as the youth of Australia begin their preparations for Krakow.

"The Church in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others..." - Pope John Paul II to Aboriginal Australians, Alice Springs, 1986

To view Xt3's 2015 Lent Calendar, visit www.xt3.com/lent, or download the App by searching for "Xt3 Lent" in the Google Play or App store.

Watch Xt3's Lent 2015 promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6v8FYZsTY8