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All of Madrid in the palm of your hand

· John Paul II Foundation initiative for the youth ·

The iGPII is the new application for iPhones, iPads and other devices which run on the ios operating system, which will allow users to follow events live at World Youth Day in Madrid and the Italian Eucharistic Congress in Ancona, in August and September. The initiative was organized for youth by the John Paul II Foundation and the Pontifical Council for the Laity to promote World Youth Days.

The igpii, presented at a press conference Friday morning, 29 July at the Holy See Press Office, is available in Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Created by Futurtech and adv Productions, the application will be available to download from 1 August, and can be pre-ordered at the Apple Store for €3.99. Marcello Bedeschi, President of the Foundation, and Iacopo Barberini and Giovanni Leone of Futurtech, presented the application to journalists, who were able to download and try out the application.

The content of the igpii is divided into three parts. The first is about Pope Wojtyła, including places he lived and worked, some of his quotations and a rich gallery of photos and videos. There is “a chapter” on Madrid — from the history of World Youth Day to specific information about the Madrid schedule, with news and real-time updates. There is also practical information on the wyd, including a map of Madrid with a gps function, and prayers and catechesis.

Mr Bedeschi explained that “the creation of the application stemmed from our desire to offer a means of direct information which is used largely by the young. It is an instrument of consultation, sharing, learning and research for young people who are taking part in the important moments in the life of the Church and can also be a channel of information for those who cannot be present”.

The igpii has two basic aims: “to offer detailed, informative support and be a useful guide for a successful experience of the meeting, even offering last-minute information”. There is also an element of solidarity, through a collection of funds which the Foundation, “has always set aside for the support of pastoral youth initiatives in the poorest countries”.

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