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article imageiBreviary: the prayer on iPhone

By don Paolo Padrini     Jan 12, 2009 in World
iBreviary is a new application for iPhone users, available from immediately in Spanish, French, English, Latin and Italian. iBreviary offers the possibility, in a simple way, to pray while on the go.
It offers the readings of the Mass of the Day (Missal), as well as the principal Catholic prayers.
The application, realized by myself together with the technician and developer Dimitri Giani, has got the approval of the Vatican.
The idea of the application "iBreviary" is born from a double awareness.
First of all, I believe firmly that today man needs to socialize, he needs moments of listening, and also moments of silence, of prayer and meditation.
Today man has the need for God, even if he doesn't realize it; today man needs spaces to talk with God and to reflect on life and death and so on...
Second thing: the new media are demonstrating more and more great possibilities, together with a lot of risks, but the possibilities are endless indeed.
The media can become places of reflection, also of silence.... and surely they can contribute to a new socialization.
But, what is "iBreviary"?
"iBreviary" is not only a text that can be read on the web, but - and it's this the great innovation - an "action", that involves man and God: the prayer.
Once we walked with the Breviary and the Rosary in the hands.... today, why can't we do it with the iPhone?
It costs €0.79 with the money raised going to charity. It's downloaded from iTunes store at this link.
The Church, and the Vatican, have applause ibreviary.
The Church, infact, is not old. The Church has always known how to talk to people through the most important and useful tools. The Church has always tried to meet everyone in every place.
New media too have to be not only valorized, but above all they deserve to be lived by Christians that can also use the same media as tools of prayer and reflection.
The Vatican has embraced iBreviary, the Associated Press reports. Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, praised the new application, saying the Church "is learning to use the new technologies primarily as a tool or as a mean of evangelizing, as a way of being able to share its own message with the world," according to the AP.
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