No time to visit church? Confess via iPhone

Users of iPhone can now perform contrition and other religious rituals without visiting church.

Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 19:54 PM IST

London: Users of iPhone can now perform contrition and other religious rituals without visiting church, thanks to a new online application.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App", created by a US-based company called Little iApps, is designed for Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod, the Telegraph reported.

The application costs $1.99 in Apple`s iTunes store.

It offers password protected customised profiles, a guide to performing the sacrament as well as a list of acts of contrition.

"Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool," its developer, Patrick Leinen, was quoted as saying.

He said the application has received the imprimatur from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne- Indian-based diocese, the first programme to receive the stamp of the church.

Leinen said he was inspired in developing the application by Pope Benedict XVI`s call for using new media for good purposes.

"Our desire is to invite Catholics to engage in their faith through digital technology," Leinen said in a press release on his littleapps.com website.

"Taking to heart Pope Benedict XVI`s message from last year`s World Communications Address, our goal with this project is to offer a digital application that is truly `new media at the service of the Word`," he said.

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