The Vatican Council for Social Communications has approved an iBreviary application created by Italian priest Fr Paolo Padrini for the iPhone.
Infomobile reports it brings complete missal and principal prayers in Spanish, French, English, Latin and Italian.
"That's cool, but what really sets this application apart from all others in the AppStore is that it's the first app with approval of the Vatican!" Infomobile says.
"As with almost any iPhone app, iBreviary is easy to use, sporting iPhone like user interface. In addition, size of the characters can be increased, landscape mode is supported (using accelerometer) and much more.
"I'll stop here as I'm not an expert in the field. All I know is that geek Catholics among you will want it badly. It costs $0.99 and you can grab it from here (iTunes)," Infomobile says.
America Magazine describes iBreviary as an application which "allows the believer to pray simply via an intuituve interface."
There are plans for audio accompaniments, Gregorian chant, as well as additional prayers.
The creator of iBreviary, Fr Paolo Padrini, runs a popular website called Passi nel deserto ("Steps in the desert"). At the moment iBreviary is available only in Italian, but English and Spanish are promised.
iBreviary - first iPhone app approved by the Vatican! (Infomobile, 15/12/08)
iBreviary (America Magazine, 18/11/08)