Catholic Church launches new faith app
The CCC has designed the app as part of the Church’s initiative to reach out to people who are otherwise caught up in the fast pace of life but wired up through various electronic devices.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai today launched a new faith app that will help Catholics to better pursue their faith. General prayers like the rosary, readings from the Bible and answers to most frequently asked questions on the faith will be available through the app.
The Catholic Communication Centre (CCC) has designed the app as part of the Church’s initiative to reach out to people who are otherwise caught up in the fast pace of life but wired up through various electronic devices.
"The idea is to help people in all dimensions of the faith through this facility in the palm of the hand," said Father Nigel Barrett, co-ordinator of CCC.
The faith app has also mapped the location of churches in the city and lists their religious services. It will be available free at Google play stores. To begin with, it will be usable on Android-based devices. A link will also be available on the website of the archdiocese.
A novel section, labelled 'Carbon Fast', describes 40 ways to help protect the environment during the 40 days of the Lent which began today.
Cardinal Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, had earlier called on the faithful to go on a 'carbon fast' this Lent to reduce pollution, protect the environment and create a more sustainable world. He said that Lent provided an opportunity to help people "rediscover a different relationship to God, creation and each other."
"In a way, the application puts different strains of Bhakti together," said Father Melroy Fernandes, who is on the CCC team.