Blend of technology, theology gives Catholics inspiration on the go
Published: July 6, 2010
TIVERTON, R.I. (CNS) -- With the simple tap of a touch screen, Father Jay Finelli has embraced an alternative way to spread the good news. He is taking his already successful iPadre podcast and making it even more accessible as an iPhone application, so that listeners can easily enjoy interviews, news and music that will help them to grow in faith. An iPhone application, or app, is a program developed specifically for the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. An application can be downloaded directly to a cell phone, or downloaded to a computer and transferred to the phone. The new app allows listeners to preview episodes of his podcast, e-mail the pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Tiverton directly, or instantly call in to ask questions. With about 2,000 listeners a week from all across the world, Father Finelli is hopeful that this new application can be a supplement to the faith of listeners. "Most people are on the run today," he noted. "This app puts some inspiration in their pockets. The iPadre is there when they need him." Father Finelli said Catholics should embrace this blending of technology and theology. "Technology is a gift from God," he told the Rhode Island Catholic, newspaper of the Providence Diocese. "The Lord inspired someone to create, invent these various technologies for a purpose. I don't think it's just coincidence in today's world that we have the ability to reach every corner of the world."
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