iPhone app to help Eucharistic Congress pilgrims

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The new International Eucharistic Congress 2012 iPhone app.

A new iPhone and iPad app for the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress 2012 means that pilgrims in Dublin will have the latest news and information during the devotional event.

The app “IEC2012” has a comprehensive guide for pilgrims, a daily agenda of congress events at the Royal Dublin Society building, news and multimedia feeds, and a pastoral resources section, congress organizers said.

App designer Br. Luuk Dominiek Jansen, O.P. said the app is designed to be “very flexible.”

“The information regarding the congress changes all the time. New information becomes available and updates to the program are made,” he said May 2.

“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 50th International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Dublin June 10-17. Up to 20,000 pilgrims are expected to attend, including 12,000 international pilgrims from 99 countries.

The app provides a map and GPS locations for each scheduled event on the congress program, making it easy for pilgrims to find their destinations and learn how to get there.

The app’s pilgrim guide has information about venues, booking, ticket collection, host churches, and optional tourist attractions.

Pilgrims can use the app’s “My Planner” section to create a personal schedule based around the workshops, talks, exhibitions and arena events they want to attend.

The news and multimedia section provides YouTube videos, Flickr photos, press releases and video feeds ahead of and during the congress.

The pastoral resources section of the app includes the congress prayer, the congress hymn “Though We Are Many,” and prayers and reflections about the Eucharist.

Information is stored on the mobile device so that it can be used without a data network or wifi.

The app is available on Apple’s iTunes store under the search phrase “IEC2012.”

Br. Luuk, the app’s designer, is a Netherlands-born Catholic convert from an agnostic background. He has also designed a phone app for the Dominican order called “iDoms.”

He professed solemn vows in the Dominican order in September 2011 and is finishing his studies in hopes of being ordained a priest.

During the congress, he will address a workshop about his conversion and his life as a religious friar.

The congress’ theme is “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another.” It will have 18 keynote speakers from around the world. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the final Mass at Croke Park Stadium on June 17.

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