The Vatican has, for the first time, approved an “iBreviary” which can be used on the Apple’s iPhone and iPod.
The new iBreviary, created by Fr Paolo Padrini, includes a complete missal and principal prayers and can be downloaded onto the iPhone.
Click on link for iBeviary on iTunes
The new application is easy to use and the size of the characters can be increased with the “accelerometer” application, reports Infomobile.
There are also plans for audio accompaniments, Gregorian chant, as well as additional prayers.
Fr Paolo Padrini, who runs a popular website called Passi nel Deserto (Steps in the Desert), says that while iBreviary is available only in Italian at the moment, English and Spanish versions will be out soon.
The news comes as the Vatican makes a concerted effort to reach out to modern media users.
“Today the internet calls for a growing integration of written, audio and visual communications and therefore challenges the media at the service of the Holy See to enlarge and intensify their collaboration,” the pope told workers at the Vatican Television Centre.
The meeting marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the centre, which is responsible for filming papal events and making Church-related documentaries.
Pope Benedict told the employees that, because the Catholic Church cannot allow its message to be outside “the spaces in which numerous young people navigate in search of answers and of meaning for their lives, you must seek ways to spread voices and images of hope in new formats.”
“Many people, thanks to your work, can feel closer to the heart of the Church,” he said.
For centuries pilgrims having been coming to Rome each year to see the pope and “today this desire can be satisfied, at least in part, thanks to radio and television,” he added.
“Television, however, is not seen only by Catholics,” he continued. “In offering your images to the major television stations of the world and the main state or commercial channels, you assist the proper and timely dissemination of information on life and the teaching of the Church in today’s world, at the service of the dignity of the human being, of justice, and of dialogue and peace”.
Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the television centre as well as of the Vatican press office and Vatican Radio, said almost every television image of the pope people around the world see is thanks to the Vatican Television Centre.
“Even if they are watching RAI (in Italy), Bayerische Rundfunk (in Germany) or CNN, we are the origin in almost every case,” Fr Lombardi said.