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Prayers aided by technology

REUTERS
Published Jan 21, 2019, 7:04 pm IST
Updated Jan 21, 2019, 7:04 pm IST
A new app will now enable you to participate in the prayers from the Vatican.
Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. (Photo: AP)
 Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. (Photo: AP)

Vatican City: Pope Francis swiped a tablet on Sunday to launch a new app allowing the faithful to pray with him, and expressed his pain over the car bomb blast in Colombia and the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy. He presented the Vatican’s latest digital platform, known as the Worldwide Network of Prayer with the Pope, during his traditional Sunday address to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.

The new app, called Click to Pray, will inform the user what the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics is praying for, such as world peace or the population of a country hit by a natural disaster, so they can join him. Francis, who once said he was a “disaster” with technology, turned to a priest holding the tablet for him and asked “Did I do it?” The priest nodded.

 

 A Vatican statement said a website, www.clicktopray.org, would allow the faithful to “accompany the pope in a mission of compassion for the world”. Minutes earlier, the pope told the crowd: “Today, I have two pains in my heart – Colombia and the Mediterranean. I am thinking of the 170 victims in the Mediterranean. They were looking for a future for their lives and perhaps they were victims of human traffickers. Let us pray for them and for those who are responsible for what happened,” he said.

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