Indigenous artworks feature in Xt3 Calendar
Originally published in Catholic Outlook March 2015
|Xt3’s digital Lent Calendar and App.|
This year the Archdiocese of Sydney's social network Xt3 has released its digital Lent Calendar and App featuring a unique Indigenous Australian theme.
Sydney Archbishop Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP launched the calendar and App on Ash Wednesday.
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 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.
It will also include a special Easter message from the Archbishop.
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 St 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 9309 downloads, and with this year's theme it is expected to be even more popular and will create widespread interest both in Australia and internationally.
On each day of Lent, a new image and reflection will be revealed on the Calendar. The free 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.View Xt3's Lent Calendar at http://www.parra.catholic.org.au/www.xt3.com/lent or download the App by searching for "Xt3 Lent" in the Google Play or App store.
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