Saturday 27 May 2017

Forget Tinder! Absolve yourself from sin with the Vatican's new confession app 'Sindr'

The Catholic App (aka Sindr) is designed for the Tinder generation
The Catholic App (aka Sindr) is designed for the Tinder generation
The app also offers weekly spiritual inspiration in the form of Bible quotes
The app is already being dubbed 'Sindr' - a play on the name Tinder
Archbishop Leo Cushley launching the Catholic App in Rome Credit: PA
the Catholic App. Credit: PA

Sasha Brady

A Scottish bishop has introduced The Catholic App for smartphones and tablets, using similar technology to the dating app Tinder.

The Catholic App, nicknamed 'Sindr', is currently being launched in Scotland by Archbishop Leo Cushley.

The app is already being dubbed 'Sindr' - a play on the name Tinder
The app is already being dubbed 'Sindr' - a play on the name Tinder

It was officially launched on Tuesday in front of the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The app will direct people to their nearest mass and confession service by allowing users to scroll through parishes in their area in an interactive map.

The app also offers weekly spiritual inspiration in the form of Bible quotes
The app also offers weekly spiritual inspiration in the form of Bible quotes

It also also offers "weekly inspiration" in the form of religious and Bible quotes.

"The idea was really inspired by the Holy Father himself,” Edinburgh’s Archbishop Cushley told Vatican Radio.

Archbishop Leo Cushley launching the Catholic App in Rome Credit: PA
Archbishop Leo Cushley launching the Catholic App in Rome Credit: PA

“He said to be imaginative about what to do for the Holy Year of Mercy.”

Archbishop Cushley said he hopes "everyone's going to use it" and the legacy of Pope Francis' Extraordinary Year of Jubilee, which just drew to a close “won’t only be a spiritual one, it will also be a practical one.”

It was developed by Musemantik and its founder, Dr Maciej Zurawski, said: "Websites are losing popularity.

"What is needed to engage with the mobile generation is an app that is smart and personal, an app that is like a companion, a friend that takes the initiative to inspire you – that's the vision behind The Catholic App."

Developers hope it will help younger Catholics, particularly those aged between 18 and 55, to be more engaged with their local parishes.

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