VATICAN – In an effort to inspire more young people to pray for world peace, the Vatican has launched a portable, $110 digital rosary called the “Click To Pray eRosary.”
The “Click to Pray” eRosary can be worn as a wristband and linked to a mobile app that activates when the user makes the sign of the cross. The bracelet beads are made of black agate and hematite, and the digital device is in the shape of a cross.
October is the month of the Rosary, and the device was launched at a press conference at the Vatican on Tuesday.
The Vatican has launched a wearable smart rosary to encourage tech-savvy young people to engage in their faith and pray more.
“Intended for the peripheral borders of the digital world where young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based educational tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and contemplate the Gospel,” the Vatican explained. .
The smart rosary is linked to the official reader application of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, called “Click to Pray”, which daily connects thousands of people who pray around the world.
Once the device is activated, the user can choose whether to pray a standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or one of the thematic rosaries, updated annually. The smart rosary tracks and displays the user’s progress and tracks when each rosary is completed.
“The project brings together the best of the spiritual tradition of the Church and the latest advances in the technological world,” the Vatican said. The smart rosary also comes with a gospel audio guide, and it can also work as a health tracker.
Pope Francis himself has a personal profile on the “Click To Pray” app and hopes that the creation of modern digital tools to guide prayer will inspire more young people to join him “in his daily and monthly intentions to build a world with taste”. of the Gospel. »
“Therefore, I renew my appeal to young people and to all to pray the Rosary for peace,” Pope Francis said.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.