If you’re done with Tinder and are after a ‘purer’ direction in life, then a new app dubbed ‘Sindr’ may be just what you need.
The Catholic App, which was unveiled in the Vatican, is designed for those looking to go to a confession or holy mass and will use GPS to direct users to their nearest church, where they can get any guilt of their chest in as little time as possible.
The app was developed by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh and Scottish technology company Musemantik, and stores information for over 110 parishes within a 2,000 square mile area.
Musemantik hope that other Catholic dioceses around the world will purchase the app too – five in Scotland are already said to be interested.
Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh said:
“This is a little bit of smart technology that could make a big impact on how the Catholic Church brings the mercy of God and the joy of the Gospel to our contemporary world.”
Also in attendance at the unveiling was pipe sergeant Mauro Nenci of the City of Rome Pipe Band, to add a Scottish touch to the launch.
Falkirk priest Father Jamie Boyle also feels that the app will be popular with many.
“During the Jubilee Year of Mercy there was a discernible upturn in the number of people keen to return to confession but not sure where or when to find it,” he said.
He continued: “This app will really help people to answer both those question and I hope parish priests around the world find it useful in evangelising their local communities. Also, people often prefer to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to a priest they don’t know – for example, many folk travel to our big, town centre parish to go to confession – and so this app makes it much easier to find that anonymity in another parish if you so choose.”
Musemantik’s founder, Dr Maciej Zurawski, believes that websites are losing popularity and that it’s time to connect with younger people through apps. He says: “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.”