Jesuit Gives his Picks for Best Catholic iPhone Apps

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Jesuit Father Jack McLain, an Oregon Province Jesuit who is currently rector of St. Ignatius College in Australia, recently offered up his picks for the best Catholic iPhone apps.

Fr. McLain wrote that during a recent discussion with a fellow Jesuit about the “inherent goodness or badness of smart phones,” he asserted that there were plenty of Catholic-centric uses for such devices.

“In the great Jesuit fashion, my confrere asked me to prove it. So I began combing through Apple’s App Store in order to find the best Catholic apps I could,” he wrote.

His list focuses on apps that are applicable to the non-tech person who’s looking to use their device to add to their faith life.

Some of the apps he recommends include: Divine Office (which brings up the readings for the day and audio files of the prayers); iCatholicRadio and Radio Vaticana (which stream audio from Catholic radio stations); and 3-Three Minute Retreat (which has a quick reflection for each day from Loyola Press).

McLain’s full list and reviews of his picks are at America magazine.

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