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In an effort to connect more with tech-savvy youngsters, the Vatican launched an “eRosary,” a gadget that costs $109 (£85) and can be worn as a bracelet. It is activated by making the sign of a cross and connected to the “Click to Pray eRosary” app, which is designed to help Catholic users pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel.
A traditional rosary is used to help during prayer and meditation where people count the beads as prayers are recited. With this new eRosary though, users can choose from three ways of praying. There is a standard rosary, contemplative rosary and a thematic rosary.
The eRosary is made up of 10 black agate and hematite beads as well as a metal cross that detects movement.
According to a Click to Pray press release, “This project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”
The new gadget was developed by Taiwan-based tech company GadgTek Inc. and is compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.
Past efforts of the Catholic Church trying to attract young people with technology include “Follow JC Go!,” a Christian take on the Pokémon Go game where players “catch” saints or Bible characters instead of Pokémon.