The Vatican has spent quite a lot of time and effort to reach young people and had some interesting digital initiatives, including a hackathon.
Now, the Catholic Church just launched the most improbable device – a “Click to Pray” eRosary to guide people towards peace in the world.
This wearable device can be worn as a bracelet and indeed, looks just like a regular rosary.
However, while the rosary beads are made of black agate and hematite, the cross is a “smart cross” that records and keeps track of prayers…and workouts.
Perhaps it could work with the Catholic version of Pokemon Go?
“The Click To Pray eRosary is an interactive, smart and app-driven wearable device that serves as a tool for learning how to pray the rosary for peace in the world. 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 access to an audio guide, exclusive images and personalized content about the praying of the Rosary,” explained Vatican News.
Then, the official website for the eRosary explains that this is more than just a rosary.
According to that, it’s “an initiative to pray for the challenges of the world and the mission of the Church” that includes standard Rosary, contemplative Rosary and thematic Rosary, alongside an audioguide to contemplate and listen to the Gospel.
As an added bonus, the eRosary also doubles as a fashionable health tracker which makes sense, as its developers say that it’s “aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell” and ”brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”
The eRosary retails for 99 Euros, which is $110, and is available on the official website and on Amazon.