Mobile App Prepares Faithful for Eucharistic Congress

Released for the iPhone in Lead-up to June Event in Dublin

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DUBLIN, Ireland, May 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Organizers for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 have launched a free iPhone and iPad application designed exclusively for congress pilgrims by Dominican Friar Luuk Dominiek Jansen in conjunction with IEC2012 staff.

The IEC2012 app gives pilgrims from all over the world the opportunity to experience the congress through 21st Century technology.

The app provides a comprehensive guide for pilgrims to the congress program, including a pilgrim guide, a pastoral resources tool, and news and multimedia feeds.

Additional functions within the app include a daily guide for pilgrims about congress events in the RDS; where the main congress program, youth program, prayer space program, children’s program and exhibitions take place. Information is also fed through the app about the host churches program that will run across 34 Dublin churches.

A unique feature is the “My Planner” section, which allows pilgrims to organise their own personal schedule based around the Congress week program. “My Planner” creates an individual timetable for the pilgrim based around the workshops, talks, exhibitions and arena events that they are interested in attending.

The app also provides a map and GPS locations for each scheduled event on the congress program. Pilgrims will be able to locate where they want to go and how to get there.

Brother Luuk, a native of the Netherlands, explained, "The App is built to be very flexible. The information regarding the Congress changes all the time; new information becomes available and updates to the programme are made. Therefore, we needed an app that would automatically update itself when new or changed information becomes available in the lead up to the congress.”

The previous Eucharistic Congress, held in Quebec in 2007, was attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims.


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On the Net:

The App is available for download in the iTunes store. Search for IEC2012 or click on the following link to download the free iPhone and iPad IEC2012 App: http://itunes.apple.com/app/iec-2012/id512917631?Is=1&mt=8