The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has introduced a new way to engage young people in a traditional prayer: a smart rosary. Innovative, app-driven and full of valuable religious content, the Click To Pray eRosary device aims at praying for world peace.
(VaticanCity, October 15th) – In the middle of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, set forth by the Holy Father, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has just launched the Click To Pray eRosary, which —as its name suggests— is a smart rosary that pursues a clear purpose: to pray for peace in the world.
What is it about?
The Click To Pray eRosary is an interactive, smart and app-driven device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary. It can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of the cross. It is synchronized with a free app of the same name, which allows to access to an audio guide, exclusive images and personalized content about the praying of the Rosary. As such, this spiritual proposal is within the reach of everyone.
Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based pedagogy to teach the young how to pray the Rosary, how to pray it for peace, how to contemplate the Gospel. Therefore, this project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.
Physically, the device consists of ten consecutive black agate and hematite rosary beads, and of a smart cross which stores all the technological data connected to the app. When activated, the user has the possibility to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative Rosary and different kinds of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year. Once the prayer begins, the smart rosary shows the user’s progression throughout the different mysteries and keeps track of each rosary completed.
The Click To Pray family
Many users will be thrilled to know that this smart rosary belongs to the same family as Click To Pray, the official prayer app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (where Pope Francis has his own personal profile) that connects thousands of people around the globe to pray every day. Along this line, the Click To Pray eRosary also wants to accompany him in his daily and monthly intentions in order to build a world which tastes of the Gospel.
Why now? The Extraordinary Missionary Month
This smart rosary, moreover, arrives at a very special moment for the Church: in mid-October, at the heart of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, set also by Pope Francis through the Pontifical Mission Societies. Pope Francis, at the 175 Years celebration of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, has made it clear that “the heart of the Church’s mission is prayer.”
Who is involved?
The project of the Click To Pray eRosary is an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a pontifical work with the mission of mobilizing Catholics through prayer and action, in the face of the challenges confronting humanity and the mission of the Church. They have produced all the special contents of this smart rosary. GadgeTek Inc. (GTI), a tech company dedicated to innovative lifestyle gadgets with operations spanning five continents around the globe, was responsible for the technological design of the wearable device.
The launching event
The launching of the Click To Pray eRosary took place in the Holy See Press Office in a meeting point held today at 11 am before tech and religious media. Fr. Frédéric Fornos, SJ, the International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (including the Eucharistic Youth Movement), was the first speaker to introduce the project: “The rosary is a beautiful spiritual tradition for contemplating the Gospel with Mary, it is a simple and humble prayer. 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.”
After him, representatives of several institutions involved in the project addressed the audience mentioning different aspects of the Click To Pray eRosary and pointing out the added value it conveys. In order, after Fr. Fornos, SJ, the speakers were: Mons. Lucio Ruiz, Secretary of the Dicastery for Communication; Mr. Jerry Kao, Chairman of GTI; Mr. Juan della Torre, CEO and Founder of La Machi Communication for Good Causes; Fr. Tadeusz J. Nowak, OMI, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith (POPF); and Fr. João Chagas, Responsible of the Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
After the meeting point, journalists and guests had the opportunity to test the Click To Pray eRosary in a demo.
Where to buy the Click To Pray eRosary?
To buy a smart rosary, please visit www.clicktoprayerosary.org. All the necessary steps to buy the smart device and to download the free app (iOS or Android) are outlined there.
What the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network collects from the sales is fully invested in its mission and in the Click To Pray platform.