Are you there, Pope Francis? It’s me …
The Holy Father launched an app called “Click to Pray” on Sunday that’ll allow the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics to join him in prayer.
The pontiff has a profile on the Android and iOS app that shows Catholics around the globe what he’s currently praying for. Users can then click an icon to indicate that they’ve prayed with him.
Thousands of faithful watched Sunday as Francis — who once said he was a “disaster” with technology — showed the app on a tablet at his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square.
“Did I do it?” Francis asked an aide after swiping on the tablet.
Still, Francis said the internet is a way “to stay in touch with others, to share values and projects and to express the desire to form a community.”
He specifically called for young people to download the app and pray with him — especially during World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, which begins Tuesday.
The pope then told crowds he had “two pains in his heart” that he was currently praying for: victims of the car bomb blast at a police academy in Colombia and the 170 migrants from Libya and Morocco who died in the Mediterranean.
The app is available in six languages and has an accompanying website, clicktopray.org.