A priest in Italy with sophisticated technical skills has designed and developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass using the popular tablet computer from Apple Incorporated rather than traditional Roman missal.
The Reverend Paolo Padrini who consults for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said on Friday the free application will be available month in several languages, which includes English, Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Reverend Padrini led the successful development of the iBreviary in 2008, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. According to Padrini the application has been downloaded by a record 200,000 people till date. But however, he said that the traditional prayers books will never fade away. Additionally, there should be no reason to feel uneasy about these kind of innovations being used during the missal support of prayer, he said.
Padrini said that the applications needed a necessary upgrade to include audio as well as commentaries and suggestions for sermons as well as musical accompaniment.
He also added, “Paper books will never disappear,” “If I had had my iPad with me, it would’ve been better than this old, tiny book.”
The successful results of the iBreviary brought Padrini by the Vatican to spearhead its youth overreach programme in the new media,www.pope2u.net.
Padrini clarified that the iPad application, like the iBreviary, was designed and implemented at his own instigation and on his own pocket and is not an official Vatican project.