Archbishop Leo Cushley has unveiled a GPS-powered Mass and Confession finding app.

The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh announced the launch of the Catholic App outside St Peter’s Basilica.

“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,” he said.

The app was developed by the archdiocese and the technology company Musemantik.

Dr Maciej Zurawski, CEO of Musemantik, said: “Websites are losing popularity – 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.”

Stephen Bullivant, writing for CatholicHerald.co.uk, said the app was a “wonderful idea”. “Time and time again, on my travels, I have struggled to find local Mass times,” he wrote, recalling “hours” spent “hunting for, and then through, local parishes’ decrepit websites.

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