Google Play has a large number of apps for those who live their spirituality, and specifically the Catholic faith, as a vital part of their daily lives. Like any other daily activity, the mobile is a great tool to explore different aspects of one’s religion, attend different rites and prayers or simply delve into its teachings.
A religious app does not mean infallible or innocent
That an application is aimed at the cult of religion does not mean that by default it is with good intentions and does not seek to take advantage of users. Not so much at this point, since many of the programs come from official institutions or certain priests.
However, you have to be very careful with religious apps, as some can carry a virus or identity theft. An indication to realize this is if the app asks for too many permissions from the system, such as the camera, the microphone or the storage if that particular application does not require it for its operation.
Official apps of the Catholic Church
The Church, as an institution, is aware of technological advances and the progress that society makes as a whole, so it must also adapt. That is why we can already find several official apps on Google Play of Catholic churches or institutions.
Youversion: Holy Bible Reina Valera
The free app The Bible of YouVersion provides you with tools to seek God’s heart every day: listen to audio Bibles, create sentences, study with friends, explore over 2,000 versions of the Bible, and much more. Plus, you can access everything online, or download a selection of versions to read offline.
Liturgy of the Hours CEE
Do you want to pray online? You can now do it with the official app of the Spanish Episcopal Conference. It is an app to facilitate liturgical prayer in those situations, such as travel, in that it is not possible to have the official liturgical books. You can even select, using a calendar, the day of the current liturgical year that you want.
Apps to read the Bible
There are those who only want a method to take the Bible to any part of the world, and if that means not having to carry a book that is not exactly fine, then better. In this way, the logical thing in this list was to include some apps that have the holy book of Christianity, as well as the catechism, a more simplified doctrine.
myCatecism: The catechism in your pocket
Do you want to know what the Church says on this or another topic? Well, just as there is a dictionary to learn to use the language well, Catholics have the catechism. And if you don’t have one at home, myCatechism contains the complete catechism of the Catholic Church. With the possibility of reading it without internet.
A free application that contains the Breviary, Lectionary and Missal in 7 different languages. It also offers us different prayers, the rituals of the sacraments and the texts used in the Holy Land. It is very useful for priests who cannot always carry the missal with you. Or, in short, for any faithful.
Christian apps to consult information
Imagine that you are in an unfamiliar town or city, be it for work, vacation or other circumstances. You want to go to mass, but either you know where the nearest church is, or what is worse, you don’t know what mass times they have. This information and much more, in these apps that we have collected.
An app created by a priest millennial, in which you will find everything related to the mass, specifically the Roman rite, in different languages. It contains some comments, explanations prior to the Eucharist and gives you more information about other sacraments. The downside is that it cannot be enjoyed for free, although its price is quite low.
ConfessorGO: A virtual confessional
Consists in a map where you can locate the priest -that is registered in the app- that is closest to you. So you can contact him to confess. You can also find several parishes with hours in which they attend to confess. It uses a system similar to that of the popular Pokémon GO game.
Apps to pray
Whether you are a priest project or simply a faithful; Whether you have been praying for many years or are starting, an application with all the prayers and prayers of the Christian community never hurts to be able to pray anywhere with our mobile. And believe us, these apps do their job.
The Rosary: Applications to pray the Rosary
Without the need for accounts and in a more automated way, this app helps you follow the mysteries that correspond to the day, It provides you with different formulas to choose from in prayer and even the possibility of an audio that accompanies you in prayer. And for this purpose, without a doubt this is one of the best applications.
Mass times: A list of mass times
You’re on vacation, or a work trip catches you on the weekend … and you don’t know where to attend mass daily or Sunday. This application gives you a hand in these situations and offers you mass times in practically all Spanish parishes. Further, provide more information: place of the temple, hours of confessions or services, etc.
This app helps you add more content to your prayer. It gives you twelve minutes of audio each day to reflect, with different questions, while you listen on the way to work or at home. A way to make us think and enrich our daily prayers. It has prayers and various musical melodies that maintain an updated language.
A project that has hundreds of spiritual proposals so that you can pray during each day. And above all, an app that allows you to pray for the intentions of other people, and propose your own intention for others to pray for you. And so you stay connected with God and with the religious community.
Magnificat Spanish: Follow the mass on your mobile
The Magnificat monthly publication is well known to Spanish churches. It helps you to follow the mass, it offers you different reflections, spiritual themes, biographies of saints … and now you can also find it on your mobile. It serves to focus on the liturgy through the text, although it is only free for subscribers of the magazine and the first month.