Vatican to offer Pope App soon

The Vatican will make a Papal app available for download on iPhones and iPads on December 10

PAPAL POWER. Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pope to get his very own mobile app. Photo from Marek Kosniowski at Wikimedia Commons.

MANILA, Philippines – Catholics around the world will have a new way to bring themselves closer to their faith.

The Vatican will soon be releasing a new application that will allow users to view stories related to activities in the Vatican and video of papal events.

Dubbed Pope App, the application will send out alerts and news links to reports from Vatican news outlets, as well as video of papal events, streams from Vatican webcams and archived media featuring Pope Benedict XVI. 

The webcams should be interesting for those who’ve never been to the Vatican, since they are situated in different locations.

As the report from the Catholic News Service states:

Two webcams are located on the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica: one looking at St. Peter’s Square and, another at the Vatican governor’s office. Another is situated high on the colonnade around St. Peter’s Square looking at the basilica and papal apartments. One is directed at Blessed John Paul II’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, another is high on the Vatican hill pointing toward the dome of the basilica and the last is aimed at the gardens of the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo.

The Pope App will be ready for iPhones and iPads on December 10, with an Android version coming in January 2013. –

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