Pope Francis has again made history being the first Pope to launch a worldwide App which is intended for use of news, catechesis and evangelization. The app was available for download before the official launch, but remained locked. When the pope activated the app by pushing a button marked “evangelizantur,” Latin for “they have been evangelized,” users were notified. This app was developed with the collaboration of the Pontifical Mission Societies and Little iApps. The free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Catholic News Service reports, the Missio app offers news and information in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic from Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news agency, and news.va. The news appears in the default language set on the mobile device. The app also includes homilies from Pope Francis, news from missions all over the globe, and videos from news.va & Catholic New Service.
“The app is a way for the church and our Holy Father to reach the growing number of the world’s people who have access to handheld mobile devices, a way to connect as the body of Christ,” said Father Andrew Small, national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, who brought his iPad up to the pope for the launch. Father Small said social media helps the church call more people to be followers of Christ, “and if used properly the new media allow for a more intimate relationship between peoples and nations, fostering peace and mutual understanding.”
Missio App offers:
- Daily homilies from Pope Francis
- News Stories and Videos from Catholic News Service and news.va
- Easy Sharing by Facebook, Twitter, test message, e-mail, printing & copying
- Easy way to donate and help support the Pontifical Mission Societies