Tablet & Smartphone Apps
There are many apps available for your tablet computer or smartphone that can help you engage more with your faith. In the spirit of the New Evangelisation we present a few of the best here. All of these apps are available to download for FREE from both the App Store and Google Play - although some may have premium features that are only available after an in-app purchase. You can also leave a comment at the bottom of the page with a review of any of these apps or a recommendation for any we've missed.
The most popular and most comprehensive free Catholic App. Features include:
Catholic Calendar - Universalis
Liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond.
Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others.
Also features "About Today" pages giving more information about the saint of the day.
If you have an Internet connection then you can also download and view the Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass readings for yesterday, today and tomorrow from the Universalis web site. If you like what you see, consider buying the Universalis application, which never needs to connect to the Internet and has no restrictions on dates.
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, are pleased to release the OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App. This free app offers the complete Divine Mercy message and devotion in an easy to navigate format. The app has three main chapters with these features:
According to Pope John Paul II, “There is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy.” Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Devotion to Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of a Christian’s faith and prayer.”
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II is the official Vatican application dedicated to one of the most important and most beloved popes in the history of the Church, Karol Józef Wojtyła.
With Pope John Paul II App you can:
The Pope App
An app focused on the figure of Pope Francis. It will allow you to follow his events live and to set up alerts notifying you when papal events begin.
It will also give you access to all official papal-related content in a variety of formats: news and official speeches, galleries with the latest images and videos, access to his calendar, and links to other services of the Holy See.
Additionally, the app will let you see key areas of the Vatican through webcams distributed throughout St. Peter's Square that are always broadcasting images.
iBreviary is the Catholic application that brings you the traditional prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours and all the texts of the Eucharistic Liturgy on your Apple or Android device.
Catholic network EWTN’s TV and Radio: Live and On Demand
The Verbum mobile app runs on Logos’ powerful Bible software and is the world’s most advanced resource for mobile Catholic study. The Verbum app surrounds the Bible with the Tradition. Verbum comes with 15 free books, including the Lectionary, six Bible translations, reference works, and saints’ lives resources, and works seamlessly with your other Logos books, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church. When you sign in with a free Logos account, you get access to many more free resources and features, such as the Sources of Catholic Dogma (Denzinger), reading plans, highlights, and note–taking features. The Verbum app syncs across all your platforms, so you can pick up right where you left off. Download the free Verbum app today and bring the Mind of the Church with you wherever you go.
Your Reviews & Recommendations
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