Aussie Pope Alarm released on eve of the Conclave for Australian Catholics

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Media Release, 12 March, 2013

Inspired by – a revolutionary new web application that will send a text message or email when the white smoke rises from the Vatican- the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Communications office has developed

The Communications Office saw the creation of as a way in which Catholics in Australia could more fully participate in this historic moment in the Catholic Church’s history.

The US-based organisation FOCUS developed which is an excellent service working on US and Canadian telephone numbers.

A Carmelite priest working in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Fr Jaison Mulerrikal CMI worked with a team of web developers over a 24-hour period to bring this application to an Australian audience.

Matthew Price of designed the landing page, which features links, a field to enter your information and beautiful images of the Sistine Chapel.

Fr Brian Lucas, General Secretary of the ACBC said that this new website would give more people an opportunity to engage in this historically significant moment.

“While this website will only have a life of about a week, the historic moment of the election of a Pope, the first whose papacy will be announced not just by white smoke, newspapers and TV, but on social media portals like Twitter is quite extraordinary, and will mark a generation.”

“It is my hope that beyond our engagement with Australian Catholics via this portal, we will be able to further engage them in the life of the Church, and use new mediums such as this to connect people with the message of Christ.”

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