Vatican launches app that allows people to pray with the Pope
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Vatican launches app that allows people to pray with the Pope

THE VATICAN is seeking help from a higher power: the smartphone.

It comes after Pope Francis unveiled the new Click to Pray app over the weekend.

The app allows Catholics around the world to come together in prayer over an issue of their choosing and even pray with the Pope himself.

Available in Spanish, English, Italian, French, Portuguese, and German, the app offers users three distinct prayer options: Pray with the Pope, Pray Every Day, and Pray with the Network.

The Pray with the Pope section will see the Pope push out requests for prayers for the Church’s mission while the Pray Every Day section will offer daily prayer suggestions.

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The Pray with the Network section, meanwhile, will offer a place for people to post their own prayer requests via the app.

Pope Francis launched the app to coincide with the World Youth Day festival set to begin this Wednesday, January 23rd.

It comes with the Vatican’s seal of approval too as the official app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer).

Pope Francis.

The Vatican website describes the app as the following:

"Click To Pray is the prayer platform of the Pope, of his Worldwide Prayer Network.

"The app invites you to pray together for his intentions which address current challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church.

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"And because 'every day is different,' the app offers you a prayer 365 days a year to help you discover each day how God calls you to live.

"Join us as we pray together with the Pope, united with the Heart of Christ, thousands of us throughout the world now form a truly global prayer network."

The app will also be accessible via a website that will allow Catholics to use all of the above functions without downloading anything to their phone.