Vatican embraces iPhone prayer book

“The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications is embracing the iBreviary, an [application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch that was] created by a technologically savvy Italian priest, the Rev. Paolo Padrini, and an Italian Web designer,” The Associated Press reports.

“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,” AP reports.

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,” AP reports.

“The application costs euro 0.79 (US$1.10), while upgrades will be free,” AP reports. “Padrini’s proceeds are going to charity.”

Full article here.

More info about iBreviary via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.


  1. a Roman Catholic myself, I can only say great !!!! In time for Christmas. Now SJ will be redeemed from his sins ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Loru your point is entirely illogical. You mean you see nothing wrong with paying for, say Super Monkey Ball, but find it objectionable that the Vatican is charging for a sophisticated, dare I say, inspired application ? By the way, if you looked a bit further, you’d see the proceeds are being donated to charity. But even if there was no philanthropy involved, your comments seem unjustified. Why not charge for it?

  3. @WAFLOH — Nothing forcing you to buy/install it; I know some devout Catholics who’ll love this app for when they’re traveling. (I wouldn’t mind if some enterprising Episcopalian put the Book of Common Prayer, or at least the daily Lectionary, in an iPhone app…)

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