The Vatican has launched a new app call Click to Pray to enable Catholics to see what the Pope is focusing on from day to day.
It’s hoped the app will encourage people to join the Pope in prayer, especially when natural disasters occur such as earthquakes, or in times of military conflict.
Pope Francis unveiled the new Android and iOS app in front of a crowd of thousands in St Peter’s Square. He once joked that he was terrible with technology but successfully demonstrated the app on a tablet held by an aide.
He was still wasn’t too sure of himself however. After swiping the tablet, he asked: “Did I do it?”
Pope Francis then addressed the crowd and said the internet was a way “to stay in touch with others, to share values and projects and to express the desire to form a community.”
He then said: “Today, I have two pains in my heart. Colombia and the Mediterranean.” He was referring to the car bomb in Colombia that killed 20 police, and the shipwrecks in the Mediterranean that have cost the lives of hundreds of refugees and migrants.
The Vatican website offers the following information about the new app.
“Click To Pray is the prayer platform of the Pope, of his Worldwide Prayer Network.
“The app invites you to pray together for his intentions which address current challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church.
“And because ‘every day is different,’ the app offers you a prayer 365 days a year to help you discover each day how God calls you to live.
“Join us as we pray together with the Pope, united with the Heart of Christ, thousands of us throughout the world now form a truly global prayer network.”
The app is available in six languages and has been launched ahead of World Youth Day 2019.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling