MANILA—In a world dominated by smart devices, it's no wonder even a thousand-year-old institution such as the Vatican would catch up to promote its brand of spirituality and tradition.
The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network launched on Tuesday a smart device that aims to foster global prayer for peace.
Dubbed "Click to Pray eRosary", the device, which consists of 10 black rosary beads and a cross that stores data, can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of the cross.
It is connected to a free app of the same name that offers access to an audio guide, exclusive images, and personalized content about the rosary.
The user has three choices: pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary, and a themed rosary which will be updated every year.
Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progress throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed.
"In a world of indifference and in the face of so many injustices, poverty, elementary rights denied, praying for peace in the world means reconciling ourselves in our daily relationships, with the poorest, with the stranger, with different cultures and spiritual and religious traditions, but also with our land, our forests, our rivers and oceans," Fr. Frédéric Fornos, international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, said during the launching of the device at the Vatican.
The device was developed by Taiwan-based GadgeTek Inc. It is now available on the Click to Pray eRosary website for 99 euros (about P5,600). Meanwhile, the app is available on iOS and Android devices.
The rosary is a form of prayer in the Catholic Church, that features meditation through various scenes in the history of salvation. It also refers to the traditional beaded knots used to mark each invocation during the entire prayer.