iPray! Smart phone applications for the tech-savvy Catholic

By Caroline Hroncich

VATICAN CITY — Looking for apps to help enhance your faith? What apps are out there for the tech-savvy Catholic?

If you simply type “Prayer” into the Apple Application store, you will immediately be bombarded by around 2,000 results. So to save you spending hours searching through pages of applications, I have compiled a list of some of the most reliable faith applications.

The Pope App The Pope App

Sponsored by the Vatican, The Pope App is essentially an all-access pass to Pope Francis. Users can choose to live stream papal events via The Pope App and they also have access to a calendar containing the dates of future events. One of the The Pope App’s unique features is the webcam option which allows users to stream live feeds from places like St. Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica. This application is available for iPhone and Android.

Missio Missio

The Missio application, officially launched by Pope Francis himself, is a great way to stay up-to-date on Vatican news and evangelization. It is available for iPhone and Android and allows users to access global Catholic news. Missio also includes the latest Catholic News Service videos!

iBreviary iBreviary

iBreviary is an application that gives users access to a the Breviary prayer book. It offers daily readings, prayers of the daily Mass and other prayers in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French, Latin and Romanian. iBreviary is available for iPhone and Android.

iMissal iMissal

iMissal is available for iPhone, Android, Windows’ Phone, Blackberry and Kindle. This application allows users to receive complete missals, prayers, and biblical verses directly to their phone. There is also a Saint-a-Day add-on available for purchase on iMissal which allows users to learn about the lives of different saints.

Confession: A Roman Catholic App Confession

The Confession Application is available for iPhone, and Android, and is designed to help users prepare for the Sacrament of Confession. It is easy to personalize and provides a step-by-step guide for users. The Confession Application also has a section for personal reflection and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

My Year of Faith Application My year of faith

The My Year of Faith App is available for iPhone and Android and was created in direct response to the Vatican’s Year of Faith initiative. This application provides users with suggested readings, daily challenges and an interactive calendar. My Year of Faith also connects users to other forms of social media by allowing them to tweet or Facebook post directly from the application.

Editor’s note: Caroline Hroncich is a student at Villanova University and is interning at Catholic News Service’s Rome bureau for the semester.

5 Responses

  1. This list forgot the Laudate app! Laudate is a MUST HAVE app for all Catholics! It includes daily readings, liturgy of the hours, the rosary, stations of the cross, the New American Bible, the Catechism, Vatican documents and much more! Best of all, it is completely FREE!

  2. LOVE the Laudate (free) app! I’ve been using it for over 2 (I think) years.

  3. +1 for iBreviary.

  4. I find Laudate very useful. The English version is wonderful; the French version, however seems to be a mere shadow of the English version, except for the “Saint of the Day”, which seems more extensive than the English version. Unfortunately, switching between languages is not very convenient.

  5. What about Universalis? It’s got a cleaner interface than both Laudate + iBreviary, includes all the Mass texts for the various possible celebrations each day (inc. optional memorials, etc… with the option to specify national and even diocesan calendars), the full Breviary (inc. the smaller hours), the chance to choose between the New American Bible and the Jerusalem Bible (for the UK + Ireland) for the Mass readings and of course the wonderful Grail Psalms.

    Admittedly, it’s more pricey than the other options, but it is well worth the investment, in my opinion.

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