'Click to Pray eRosary': The Vatican's new phone app

Ruben Fields
October 19, 2019

Once the device activates, users are provided a list of prayer options, including the ability to store and keep track of completed prayers. It also contains videos of the Pope and has a prayer wall where users can write down their prayers.

The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to "address the challenges facing humanity" through prayer.

The beads allude to the traditional design of a rosary, in which 10 beads make up one decade, or set of prayers.

The "Click to Pray eRosary" is an app-driven device created to help people pray.

Users can choose from three ways of praying.

All the software is stored within a smart cross which is connected to ten black agate and hematite rosary beads. There is the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary.

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"It is synchronized with a free app of the same name, which allows access to an audio guide, exclusive images and personalized content about the praying of the Rosary", explained Vatican News.

Although the Vatican may not seem like the most tech-forward establishment, there have been many signs that the church is attempting to attract young people with technology. However in September this year, he urged Silicon Valley tech giants to ensure that technological progress - including robotics and artificial intelligence - do not lead to a "form of barbarism" where the law of the strongest prevails over the common good.

Here's how the eRosary works.

The eRosary retails for 99 Euros, which is $110, and is available on the official website and on Amazon.

Currently, its only available in Italy, but a spokesperson told Business Insider that United States availability is in the short-term plan.

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