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Pope St John Paul II video game to launch at Australian Catholic Youth Festival

A new Catholic video game about Pope St John Paul II is to be launched at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival next month.

The game was developed by 21-year-old Regine Caramancion, who is an intern with, ‘Christ in the Third Millennium’, which is an interactive social media platform established in 2008 by the Archdiocese of Sydney, as it hosted World Youth Day.

Games will play as Karol Wojtyla, and will collect saints’ medals, Bibles, cakes and Rosary beads as they escape falling boulders, bullets and Nazis.

The game was tried out by Sydney’s auxiliary bishops, Bishops Richard Umbers and Anthony Randazzo, who both totalled the same time and number of points, with Bishop Randazzo joking that their draw must have been ‘divinely inspired’, sharing that both bishops had also been ordained to the episcopate together on the same day.

“We know gaming culture is very popular with youth and young adults,” Laura Bradley, the Archdiocese of Sydney’s digital media manager, said. “And we know that sharing the Faith can take place in a variety of contexts.

“It can be creative and bold having a range of expressions in order to address new situations, people and culture.”

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival, which is being hosted in Sydney, is anticipating over 18,000 Catholic across the nation to attend from December 7-9.

The festival will conclude with what is expected to be the largest outdoor Catholic Mass held in the city since Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Syndey for the 2008 World Youth Day, which is being celebrated in The Domain, near St Mary’s Cathedral.

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