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11.17.19
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Catholic Church Launches $109 Bluetooth “Click to Pray” Gadget

October 17th 19__Jon Christian__Filed Under: Future Society
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Rosary’s Baby

The Catholic Church has a new idea to promote religion in the age of smartphones: a $109 electronic rosary bracelet that guides users through traditional prayers.

“Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based teaching tool to help young people pray the Rosary for peace and to contemplate the Gospel,” reads a press release that almost sounds like a joke but probably isn’t. “The project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”

Like a Prayer

Users activate the gadget, which comes in a box shaped like the Bible, by making the sign of the cross. The device connects via Bluetooth to a free app that collects Fitbit-style analytics on how often believers have been praying.

A Vatican group called the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network created the eRosary, but it’s not clear whether the gimmicky gadget enjoys support among the highest levels of the Catholic Church — at press time, the Twitter-happy Pope Francis had yet to post about the project.

READ MORE: Vatican launches $110 ‘click to pray’ wearable rosary [Engadget]

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