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The Vatican has released a new smartphone app designed to let you pray with Pope Francis.
Dubbed Click to Pray, the app was launched this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s World Youth Day festival, a yearly event organized by the Catholic Church.
Accompany Pope Francis in his Click To Pray profile. Download the app 📲 pic.twitter.com/m3Wt6jWwoK
— Click To Pray (@clicktoprayapp) January 20, 2019
According to the app’s description on Google Play, Click to Pray is the official app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) and is “revolutionize praying.”
“Connect yourself with thousands of people who pray every day for the challenges of humanity and for the mission of the Church as the Pope proposes in his monthly prayer intentions,” its description states. “With Click To Pray, prayer is now easier as you can do it at anytime and anywhere.”
Users can choose between three options: Pray with the Pope, Pray every day, and Pray with the network. The app is available in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
For those without a phone or uninterested in downloading the app, the Click to Pray website offers the same prayer options.
While the app at the time of publication has 4.3 stars on the Google Play store, Twitter users offered some mixed reviews. Many used news of the app to highlight the church’s rampant child sexual abuse problem.
If you’ve been molested, press1.
— patrick (@knowitall143) January 21, 2019
Note to teens: Be sure you're fully clothed before using this app.
— Ocat Nesnah (@Ocat_Nesnah) January 21, 2019
Are we praying to stop pedaphilia in large religous institutions!!!!!@Pontifex
— JRW (@johnwalles) January 21, 2019
On the plus side, the app does not require its users to come into direct contact with a Catholic priest.
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Mikael Thalen is a freelance journalist based in Seattle, covering all things technology, including social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.