Pope Who Says He's a Tech 'Disaster' Has a New App

'Click to Pray' lets users keep on top of pontiff's prayers, as well as add their own
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 9:08 AM CST
Pope Who Says He's a Tech 'Disaster' Has a New App
Pope Francis points at a tablet as he unveils "Click to Pray" in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

First we had a drive-thru for Ash Wednesday; now there's a Pope Francis-sponsored app for praying. The pontiff who once called himself a techie "disaster" launched "Click to Pray" on Sunday, a six-language app for both Android and iPhone that he hopes will keep Catholic constituents around the world in the loop on what he's currently praying about so they can add their own support, the BBC reports. Besides being able to see Francis' daily prayers three times a day, as well as his monthly intentions, users can offer their own and check a box showing they've prayed along, the Catholic News Agency reports.

"Click to Pray" also lets pious smartphone users see how many other people on Earth also offered a prayer. Francis debuted the app Sunday from St. Peter's Square in Rome, asking an aide, "Did I do it?" as he swiped to show the app on a tablet. Vatican News notes the app, which was unveiled ahead of the kickoff of World Youth Day in Panama on Tuesday, will be available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. (The Vatican has warned nuns to curb their social media use.)

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