Xt3 live webcast of Mary MacKillop's Canonisation
|Blessed Mary MacKillop - photograph courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.|
Live streaming of Mary MacKillop's Canonisation ceremony in Rome on 17 October will be seen on the social network www.xt3.com
and the Archdiocese of Sydney site (www.sydneycatholic.org
The webcast will be seen around Australia and internationally.
For the first time, such a webcast will be interactive, allowing live chat, twitter feeds and a live questions and answer function.
The Xt3 portal will also be providing a feed to the Mary MacKillop website.
The webcast will begin on Sunday 17 October at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDST), with a special Mass at St Mary's Cathedral which will be opened to the public.
Following the Sydney Mass, the webcast will cross live to Rome for the Papal Canonisation Mass. Those at St Mary's in Sydney will be able to watch events from Rome via a large screen featuring the webcast, which will be set up in the Cathedral forecourt.
The cross to Rome will be at 6.15pm AEDST for an introduction prior to the beginning of official events at 6:30pm. Xt3 has arranged live commentary, provided by Josephite Sister Giovanni Farquer and Sydney Archdiocesan priest Fr Mark Podesta, who will both be in Rome.
When news of the official Canonisation was released by Pope Benedict XVI, Xt3.com and the Archdiocese of Sydney prepared and negotiated the extensive webcast, also offering it to the Sisters of St Joseph.
Xt3 has worked extensively in the past with service provider VIOCORP, including the live streaming of the handover of the World Youth Day Cross in Rome. It was this, and the successful World Youth Day experience, that encouraged Telstra to come on board as sponsor for this historic webcast.
Telstra CEO David Thodey said this week that the organisation is delighted to be part of the Mary MacKillop Canonisation, as it is a significant event right around the world.
"It means more than business - it's a delight for us to share in the experience," David said.
Cardinal George Pell, who will be concelebrating at the Papal Canonisation Mass, is also pleased the Archdiocese website and Xt3 can bring these historic events live via the internet to anyone in the world.
"Saints are models who can inspire us, and encourage us to live faith-filled lives, based on love and hope," Cardinal Pell said of the canonisation.
"I am very much looking forward to the ceremony, but I am also extremely pleased those who can't be in Rome will still be able to watch the events via the webcast."
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