With the advent of iPhone 5, Battle for the Core decided it would be a good idea to rate the Catholic apps available and place the top five. My comments in bold. Click the title to automatically download to your iPhone.
1. iPieta – iPieta contains Catholic documents, teachings, writings, prayers, and liturgical calendars. With the iPieta App, these Catholic Treasures are readily available, at home or on the go, for teaching, on the spot apologetics, and for the benefit of your own soul and those around you.
This app is a wonderful resource (anything that has the complete Summa in English and Latin already is). It has both the ordinary and extraordinary form Mass calendars and their missals/prayers and just about every formulated prayer under the sun…and it is well organized and updated frequently. Updated: Occasionally.
2. Laudate – Daily Mass Readings (with Saint of the Day), Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, prayers and latin prayers with English translation. Multiple podcasts for daily meditations and Rosary. Catechism of Catholic Church with ability to bookmark and share. My Prayers lets you store your own prayers.
Laudate is basically iPieta “lite” and includes daily meditations. Updated: Occasionally
3. BreviariumMeum – Breviarium Meum allows you to pray the traditional (1962) Latin breviary of the Catholic Church wherever you go (if you have an iPad, download Breviarium Meum HD instead). You can download the texts up to a week in advance, so you can pray even when you don't have a network connection. A parallel English translation of the breviary and an collection of Latin prayers and blessings are also included. Pray the breviary you know in a new way, or get to know for the first time the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered by Summorum Pontificum as a precious treasure to be preserved and made accessible to all the faithful.
This is probably my most used Catholic app. If you are familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours (or Divine office as in this case) you will love this app. It provides the Divine office without having to use all the placeholders and search through the book…it lines everything up on one long page in Latin and English and since it is the 1962 (extraordinary form of the divine office) the imprecatory psalms and calling down Gods wrath on the wicked hasn't been excluded for PC reasons. Check it out! Updated: Occasionally
5. Covenant Eyes – The Covenant Eyes app is an Internet browser that monitors and applies age-based ratings to every website visited. These websites and their ratings, like T for Teen and M for Mature, are provided in a report that is sent to a person you choose. It is available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad. Two out of three teens say they erase their browser history to make sure their parents will not know about their online activity. The Covenant Eyes browser takes away this option for secrecy, helping parents to monitor how their kids use the Internet. Nearly 1 in 5 searches made from mobile devices are for adult material. With the Covenant Eyes browser, adults can stay accountable to others about where they go online.
Due to limitations of the iPhone, the Covenant Eyes app cannot monitor other apps (such as Safari, YouTube, Facetime, etc.).
Only activity generated through the Covenant Eyes browser will be monitored and reported.
We recommend that users disable (through the Restrictions menu under General Settings) Safari, YouTube, and the ability to install other apps. Learn how to do this at CovenantEyes.com/services.
This app is excellent because it makes 'public' what most consider private or would like to be private–browsing the internet. Some people don't reach into the cash register at the store because it would tarnish their image with their friends… This is an excellent app for those who are tempted to view immoral content online because it makes them accountable for what they do. Updated: Often
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