Monday, December 29, 2008

The Breviary for IPhone and IPod

If you pray the liturgy of the hours and have an IPhone or IPod, this might interest you. It has made the rounds on the blogosphere and has been featured in several news sites and magazines. So, you heard it here last! But, I decided to post it after Fr. Paolo Padrini sent me this email:

I'd like to offer this story on my application that brings the prayer on iPhone.
I believe that prayer is Christian and Catholic from spreading. You wonder why you can publish the news and if you can spread it to your friends on the blog.


fr. Paolo Padrini

Sacred texts: Vatican embraces iTunes prayer book
5 days ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is endorsing new technology that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones.

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an iTunes application created by a technologically savvy Italian priest, the Rev. Paolo Padrini, and an Italian Web designer.

The application includes the Breviary prayer book — in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Latin and, in the near future, Portuguese and German. Another section includes the prayers of the daily Mass, and a third contains various other prayers.

After a free trial period in which the iBreviary was downloaded approximately 10,000 times in Italy, an official version was released earlier this month, Padrini said.

The application costs euro0.79 ($1.10), while upgrades will be free. Padrini's proceeds are going to charity.Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications, praised the new application Monday, 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."

Pope Benedict XVI, a classical music lover who was reportedly given an iPod in 2006, has sought to reach out to young people through new media. During last summer's World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, he sent out mobile phone text messages citing scripture to thousands of registered pilgrims — signed with the tagline "BXVI."
A priest who wants publicity...who can say no?

1 comment:

tour86rocker said...

I just noticed there's one iBreviary in the iTunes store right now by one Dimitri Giani. Unfortunately it's only compatible with iPod Touch and the iPhone. :^\

That's alright, though; it would be annoying to read on my little Nano's screen! Now to see if there's an iBreviary or some-such for my oldie-but-goodie Blackberry 8700c...