God is getting into wearable technology.
The Vatican has developed a digital way to spread the Catholic gospel to today’s tech-savvy teens: the Click-to-Pray eRosary.
In a movement that only screams “How are you, dear friends? by Steve Buscemi. evena Taiwan-based tech company, Gadgtek, has designed a $109 religious recruitment tool, consisting of 10 consecutive rosaries that wrap around your wrist like any traditional rosary, reports the BBC.
However, unlike its traditional predecessor, the eRosary is linked to a “Click to Pray” prayer app from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The device is activated by making the sign of the cross.
Targeting tech-savvy teens is especially important at a time when the percentage of American Gen-Zers who identify as atheists is twice the general adult population.
But the eRosary is more than a kitschy gimmick, the Vatican claims. the Vatican News markets the device as a technological educational tool that teaches young people “how to pray the Rosary for world peace and spread the gospel”.
Once enabled, “The user has the option to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary [or] different types of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year,” explains Vatican News.
And don’t skip any verse – God is watching, just like the eRosary, which tracks your prayer progress by keeping tabs on every completed rosary, and even features a metal cross that detects movement. The gospel spread gadget app also provides audio and visual explanations along with original religious content to guide users in their worship.
If it wasn’t versatile enough already, the eRosary is also waterproof, compatible with Android and iOS, and lets you track your health through the app, like a Cistercian smartwatch.
“This project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances in the technological world,” said a press release from Click To Pray.
This is not the Vatican’s first attempt to attract followers in the digital age. Three years ago, Pope Francis made waves online after launching his own Instagram account, which quickly racked up 10 times more followers than JC himself. That same year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented his holiness with a solar-powered drone capable of beaming an internet signal in remote areas.