Animated Advent app counts days till Christmas

the 2017 Advent Calendar app (Xt3)

With the launch of its latest Advent Calendar app, xt3 has entered its second decade of serving Catholics, not only in Australia but around the world, The Catholic Weekly reports.

The new app contains a variety of videos, meditations and podcasts for the Christmas season and will this year include special messages from Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, and Auxiliary Bishops Terry Brady and Richard Umbers.

Xt3 Digital Content Manager Laura Bradley said she was excited to share an xt3-produced animation with the world, one dedicated to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen – a man many Catholics suspect of being a “saint in waiting”.

Fulton Sheen was a pioneering, mid-20th century evangelist who expertly used the technologies of the day – radio and television – to spread the Gospel.

“I think the animated video which will be featured in the Advent calendar will be received well, as a youth ministry resource and by Fulton Sheen fans around the world,” Ms Bradley told The Catholic Weekly.

“I’m really happy that one of his quotes is the theme for this year’s app: ‘Divinity is always where one least expects to find it’.”

Xt3 have been offering an Advent Calendar app since 2011, adapting it each year for emerging needs.

In light of the next World Youth Day being held in Panama – a short trip away from the Tilma (cloak) of Our Lady of Guadelupe in Mexico – Bishop Umbers will provide app users with a unique retelling of the story of St Juan Diego.

And Bishop Brady will offer his message about how Catholics can – and must – see Christ in the poor.

The Advent Calendar is also expected to be a regular sight at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival next month, where xt3 will be a constant and accessible presence. The app can be downloaded for iOS and Android, and is also accessible at www.xt3.com/advent

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xt3 launches into Advent and a new decade (The Catholic Weekly)

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