Need To Confess? There's A Catholic App For That Pope Benedict has encouraged young people to "make good use of their presence in the digital world." Software developers have come up with a new mobile phone software application called "Confession: A Roman Catholic App." It's available for a $1.99 on iTunes.
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Need To Confess? There's A Catholic App For That

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Need To Confess? There's A Catholic App For That

Need To Confess? There's A Catholic App For That

Need To Confess? There's A Catholic App For That

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Pope Benedict has encouraged young people to "make good use of their presence in the digital world." Software developers have come up with a new mobile phone software application called "Confession: A Roman Catholic App." It's available for a $1.99 on iTunes.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is confession. There's an app for that.

Last month, Pope Benedict encouraged young people to, quote, make good use of their presence in the digital world. Some software developers clearly have taken that message to heart. They've come up with a new mobile phone software application called "Confession: A Roman Catholic App."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

It's available for $1.99 on iTunes. According to the description, the app is, quote, the perfect aid for every penitent. It takes users step-by-step through the sacrament of confession with a checklist of sins. And it offers a description of seven Acts of Contrition.

INSKEEP: I think we're going to have to look up, Renee, and try to find out what the Act of Contrition is for excessive use of your smartphone. I don't know if that's on the list or not.

Anyway, developers warn that the app is not a substitute for in-person confession with a priest. And church officials have given this app a thumbs up.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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