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‘Click to pray 2.0’: Vatican rolls app for the digitally devoted

‘Click to pray 2.0’: Vatican rolls app for the digitally devoted
Catholic Church says the technology shouldn’t ‘invalidate’ other ways to pray

Although not famed for its use of technology, インクルード Catholic church has launched its “Click to Pray 2.0” app in a bid to reach a wider audience.

ザ・ バチカン announced on Tuesday that it was rolling out the first major update of its 2016 アプリ, which has been downloaded by more than 2.5 million people in the past five years.

The updated product, which is available in seven languages, allows users to schedule prayer times via a personal planner and also gives them the option to join global prayer groups.

One Italian priest eulogised about the app outside St Peter’s Basilica. “It is an extraordinary thing because it allows you to reach people that you don’t physically meet, it becomes a bridge to reach those hearts that sometimes have strayed from God,” Father Cosimo Schena told ロイター.

Father Frederic Fornos offered a similar message. “Praying is not a waste of time, as we sometimes think. Prayer is like the seed in the darkness of the earth, which will show its fruit in its own good time," 彼は言った.

しかしながら, Monsignor Lucio Ruiz, secretary of the Vatican’s communications department, cautioned that the app might not be right for everyone and said it should not “invalidate” existing forms of worship.

Under the leadership of 教皇フランシスコ, who boasts almost 19 million Twitter followers, the Catholic church has increased its online reach.

近年では, the Vatican has supported other digital ventures, including its own version of Pokémon Go in 2018. In JC Go, players have to capture saints and other biblical figures instead of creatures.

発売時, Honduran cardinal Oscar Maradiaga said: “What young people want is to be active in taking the Gospel also to technology and have fun, learn and be evangelised through these channels.”

The Catholic church’s increased use of new technology comes as it continues to struggle to attract young people, in part because of decades of child sex abuse scandals.

今月上旬, a report was published which found that 216,000 children had been sexually abused by Catholic clergy in France since 1950.

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