Take Nothing for the Journey ?

I can't help but smile when this is contrasted with yesterday's gospel instructions to the disciples to travel light on their missions !!

Fr. Paolo Padrini has developed an application that will let Roman Catholic priests preside at the Eucharist using an iPad instead of a missal book on the altar .

The application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin, and will be free.

Two years ago, Fr Padrini produced the iBreviary, an application for iPods and iPhones. That initial version had some bugs. The current version is iBreviaryPro. The bugs are ironed out, but it only works when connected to the internet. It is a free application.

The iPad application will be similar but also contains the complete missal – all that is required for presiding at the Eucharist. There are plans for audio, commentaries, sermon suggestions and music ideas.

Fr Padrini was asked by the Vatican to oversee its youth outreach program in the new media, www.pope2you.net.

iPhone iPodTouch for Christians

This video is all in Italian with no translation, but I don't think it needs it. It's apparently a trade convention of makers of liturgical hardware in Vicenza. Check out the new "modern-as-tomorrow" electronic votive candles, robot choir, and my favourite, the electronic lectionary pulpit.

Enjoy the happy shopping music that accompanies this.

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