Is iPrayer a Killer App?

iBreviary.jpg. It had to happen: The iPhone–a.k.a. the Jesus Phone–gets an iBreviary, and with a Vatican imprimatur. The Times of London has the story:

The Vatican has approved a computerised prayerbook for a new generation of gadget-loving Roman Catholic priests.
It has sanctioned the sale of the “iBreviary” – the book of prayers, readings and services used by priests every day. It includes the complete Roman Missal – the order of the Mass – and the main Catholic prayers. It was created for the iPhone by the Italian priest Father Paolo Padrini and can be downloaded from iTunes for just 79p. [$0.99 for US buyers]
Officially endorsed by the Vatican’s Council for Social Communications, it is the first iPhone application approved by the Holy See.
Fr Padrini has produced only an Italian version so far but English and Spanish editions are planned.


Of course it makes sense…Pope Benedict XVI has an iPod, and as I wrote here, Macs are Catholic, and PCs are Protestant. Didn’t know that?
iPope Orange.jpgIn any case, Microsoft better get moving. More than a billion Catholics in the world, Christmas is around the corner, and the Pope himself just said that “The Vatican media must unite their efforts to provide packages of word, sound and images to proclaim the Gospel to modern Internet users.”
H/T: RNS blog

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fr. Paolo Padrini - ibreviary creator

posted December 20, 2008 at 1:39 am

Dear Mr. David Gibson,
I am glad that the news of my iBreviary was written by her her its important site.
But I wanted to rectify that the Vatican has not given any official approval application (which among other things not provided), but has expressed interest and appreciating the initiative.
Thank you.
fr. Paolo Padrini – iBreviary Creator

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posted December 20, 2008 at 7:42 am

check out e-brviary at … been around for a couple of years for various platforms including microsoft :)

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David Gibson

posted December 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Father Padrini–Thanks for the clarification, and I should know better than to cite chapter and verse from an English publication!
The application does look like a fine one, and my iPhone-bearing wife need little encouragement to tout the superiority of her device.
And Marika, thanks for the tip for those of us not yet “converted.”

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Fr. Rene Ramirez

posted January 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

P. Paolo,
any chance you might include the option of the US Approved Psalms and Readings in your iBreviary App? The application is stupendous, the downside only is that the version we use in Asia (in the US and Canada as well) is not the version you included… any chance it could be one of the additional options in the Language Settings? In the very (very) near Future i HOPE!
Complimenti and God bless!

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