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Vatican launches $110 ‘click-to-pray’ wearable rosary

The Vatican hopes to attract tech-savvy young people to the Catholic Church with the launch of a “Click to Pray” eRosary – a wearable device connected to a mobile app that is activated by making the sign of the cross.

The device – which can be worn like a bracelet – is made up of 10 consecutive strands of black agate and hematite, as well as a “smart cross” storing the data. Once activated, the wearer can choose to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary, which will be updated throughout the year. The device shows progress throughout each prayer and keeps track of each completed rosary.

The Vatican says the device – part of the Pope’s Global Prayer Network – is designed as a technology-based educational tool to learn “how to pray the Rosary for world peace”. The corresponding application offers personalized religious content, as well as health tracking information collected on the bracelet. It’s on sale now for 99 euros ($110 / £85).

Although most don’t consider the Vatican to be the most technologically advanced establishment, there are in fact many signs that the church is moving with the times. Who could forget that Pope Francis created his own Instagram account, or that the Vatican used the Telegram messaging app to communicate and help Catholics during Lent? In a less trending move intended to save the Vatican’s priceless works of art for future generations, photographers spent 65 nights photographing every inch of the Sistine Chapel to help with future restoration work – a project that has resulted in more of 270,000 photos. Indeed, the Vatican launched its first iPhone app in 2008, so it’s fair to say it’s not afraid to experiment with new technologies.

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