10. Catholic Quote of the Day ($1.99)
This simple daily app program will provide you with over three years worth of daily inspirational quotes from Saints, Popes and other holy and inspired Catholic people. Simple swipe program provides an inspirational nugget each time you open the app.
9. Answers for Catholics ($1.99)
Use this application to quickly access a Biblical verse or subject when someone questions the reason you believe in a certain Catholic Doctrine, Discipline or World View. If you are not familiar with the subject or feel comfortable speaking to it – play the short video or even sit down and play the longer audio for the person asking you a question about your faith. Study the Bible Verses and get to know your faith from God’s Word when you are passing time or sitting on an airplane.
8. Recordatio ($1.99)
A collection of all papal encyclicals of the last fifty years. Pretty nice to have with you at all times.
7. Catholic Calendar Universalis (free version)
The free version gives you a great liturgical calendar, the Liturgy of Hours and the Daily Mass reading. It’s not as good as iBreviary (featured below) because the translations are not the official ones so you can’t pray the Liturgy of the Hours with others. You also have to download the Liturgy of the Hours day by day. If want it all in one place, you have to pay for the $24.99 version…
6. Universalis ($24.99 version)
The $24.00 version gives you everything at Universalis as a download so that you don’t need to download the prayers day by day. This would be nice if you live in an area that has little or no wi-fi.
5. Mass Times – Catholic Church Finder (free)
So you’re traveling and you need to get to Mass. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to find Mass times on the web sites of local Catholic parishes (epecially if you’re browsing these sites on your iPhone). If you also have this problem, you need the Mass Times app. By teaming up with CatholicWeb.com and TheCatholicDirectory.com database, Mass Times helps you find the closest parish along with Mass times (and Confession times).
4. VerseWise RSV-CE Bible ($4.99)
Pretty expensive for a Bible app, but this is the RSV-Catholic Edition. This version is also known as the “Ignatius Press Bible” (though this version isn’t published by Ignatius Press. I’ve been waiting for this one for some time. At last, here it is.
3. iMissal ($4.99)
This is a great little app with the daily readings for Mass. You can listen to them and you can also adjust the font size. It comes with a nice collection of prayers with the possibility of emailing them to friends.
2. iBreviary ($0.99)
This is the best app for praying the Liturgy of the Hours because it has both English and Latin options (if you’re into praying in Latin). On some days, the readings haven’t loaded, which is frustrating. Still, I’m placing it as number two, which shows how much I like it. Has the option for five languages: Latin – English – Italian – French – Spanish…and it has the Ambrosian Rite!
1. iPieta ($2.99)
I’ve got to thank my friend Kevin Branson of the “Journey to Rome” blog for turning me on to this app. It just barely beats the iBreviary. I’d pay $20 for iPieta if they asked that much for it. There is also a Spanish version. Fortunately, they only ask $2.99. Here’s what you get in one single app:
• The Douay-Rheims and Latin Vulgate Bibles
• Baltimore Catechisms #1, #2, & #3; Catechism of Christian Doctrine, the Roman Catechism
• Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas
• Both the Ordinary (Novus Ordo) and Extraordinary (Tridentine) Calendars with access to the day’s Gospel and Reading(s) from the D-R & Vulgate.
• Numerous devotions including a version of the Little Office of Our Lady, the 33-Day Total Consecration Preparation, Novenas to the Holy Spirit and to the Divine Mercy, St. Alphonsus Stations of the Cross, and the St. Bridget 1-Year and 12-Year Prayers.
• Spiritual writings by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, the Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas, the Imitation of Christ, Introduction to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, selections by St. Jean-Marie Vianney, and the Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa. The Summa (apart from the Supplement) is also in Latin.
• Papal Encyclicals
• Ecumenical Council Documents
• Scriptural passages for meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
• Examination of Conscience
• Saint Notes (incomplete and in progress)
I’d love some feedback. Did I miss any great Catholic apps?
Cast your votes: Which is the best Catholic app out there?
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