Best Catholic Apps Out There!

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Your search is over. Welcome to the most comprehensive list of the best Catholic apps in the world!

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Select your new mobile app with confidence.

This site is recommended by: Vatican Insider report in LaStampa  and Mission Online  and

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ web site

“To get an idea of what Catholic apps are in use today just take a look at the blog Catholic Apps”–Vatican Insider

Hundreds of mobile apps include “Catholic” in the description. How do you select the app that is right for you? We actually test-drive most of the apps listed here for mobile devices in the most popular formats: iOS [Apple products like iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch], Android, Blackberry, KindleFire, Nook and Windows Phone. We are based in the United States and feature apps in English, but many apps offer other language options.

Essential Catholic Apps

LogoColorTextBelowIf you are new to using Catholic apps, let’s start with the basics. Begin by downloading a Swiss Army-type app that comes loaded with many useful Catholic apps and special features all in one package. There are a few to choose from based on your type of device and platform. After you choose one of those “essential” all-in-one Catholic apps, then shop for others that fit your particular needs and interests. Click the link above to choose your all-in-one Catholic app.

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Apps after Easter for Divine Mercy and Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

12Two significant celebrations occur the Sunday after Easter-27 April 2014- Divine Mercy Sunday and the Canonization of  two popes — John Paul II and  John XXIII. We focus on some of the more popular apps that can help you celebrate this monumental day in the history of the Church. These apps also provide spiritual reading, devotions and special programing that you can continue to enjoy during the great season of Easter. The canonization Mass is scheduled to air live at 3:30 a.m. ET Sunday, April 27. Novenas begin on Good Friday 18 April 2014.

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Apps Following Pope Francis

pope-francisFor up-to-date (even live!) content connecting you with all things papal, in the palm of your hand.  Check out three apps produce by Vatican developers utilizing Vatican News Service and other in-house sources to bring you an all-access pass to Pope Francis with official papal-related content in a variety of formats: Twitter feeds, news and official speeches, galleries with the latest images and videos, access to his calendar, and links to other services of the Holy See along with video (live and on demand) of important events. x

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Catholic Missal Apps

 

phone-at-massBrowse the very best Roman Catholic Missal apps. All the apps we recommend are in English but some of them offer other language options including Latin and Spanish. We list apps for both the Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Mass and the Extraordinary Form (Latin 1962). Apps which include the English Ordinary Form contain the updated English translation of the Roman Missal (3rd ed.) Yes, you may use these apps on your mobile device during Mass. They were designed for that. [Read our guidelines for using a cell phone in church.] Some of these apps include versions of the Mass texts for priests to use on the altar. Some apps only offer responses (in case that cheat sheet card in the pew is missing).  Links to the most popular Catholic devotional booklets centered on daily Scripture readings at Mass (in digital format) are included in our list. These too cover both Ordinary and Extraordinary Form of the Roman Missal.

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Liturgy of the Hours Apps

breviary-open-pixPraying the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) is great way to enhance your prayer life. This is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.  The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using scripture and prayer [USCCB web site]. Whether you pray this regularly already or are just starting out, these apps offer the prayers for the hours during the day plus the Office of Readings. The benefit to having it on your mobile device over reading from the traditional printed breviary? It’s at your fingertips wherever you are. The backlight and ability to zoom text allows for easier reading. No page flipping ribbon setting or figuring out the correct segments for the day as it is all laid out for you. Some apps offer audio versions as well so you can pray when you are on the go or in a circumstance where you cannot read from text. x

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Catholic Calendar Apps

Calendar iMissal copyThe liturgical calendar, also known as the Catholic Church calendar, consists of Holy Days, Feasts, the start and end day of the Catholic seasons –Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum. The Catholic calendar starts on the first day of Advent, which is 4 Sundays before Christmas. The other seasons are calculated based on this date. Need a quick look at the liturgical calendar on line? Here it isWe recommend the very best in Catholic liturgical calendars for a variety of formats including your home computer. Subscriptions to your digital calendar-like Outlook–included.  x x

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Bible Apps Sacred Scripture

bible photoAt a Sunday Angelus during Lent in 2014, Pope Francis said:

“During the last few Sundays I have suggested to all of you to obtain a small copy of the Gospel, to carry with you during the day, so you can read it frequently…Today we can also read the Gospel using many technological instruments. You can carry the entire Bible around with you in a smartphone, in a tablet. The important thing is to read the Word of God, by any means – read the Word of God, it is Jesus who is speaking to you!”  Our top Bible picks are available in a variety of digital formats in a variety of versions including Catholic, of course. Many are free. The top Bible study apps with a host of resources are listed as well. Click the link above to get started.

 

Confession Apps Sacrament of Reconciliation

Apps of this nature are NOT meant to be a substitute for sacramental confession with a priest.

confession-laugh2The sacrament requires a good effort at an examination of conscience. The apps selected offer a variety of creative means of exploring yourself, your relationship with God and the various ways we rupture that from time to time. Yes, you can bring your mobile device into the confessional if it will help you to make a good confession. Go for it.

Fr. Barron comments on the use of Confession apps.

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Prayer Apps

“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.” St. Teresa of Avila IMG_0289-habit cross

From simple to sophisticated, a variety of prayer apps are available for most mobile devices. These apps include traditional Catholic prayers, rosaries, blessings, novenas, Way of the Cross, prayers for various occasions, Psalms, Marian prayers, Catholic devotions, retreats and intercessory prayer for various saints. There is even an app which tracks your personal prayer intentions and another that sends your prayer requests to a Catholic priest. Some of the apps include audio versions of prayers.  St. Therese of Lisieux kept her crucifix tucked within her habit (photo on left; it was the size of an iPhone 4). Today we tuck our mobile devices in our clothes. Okay, a large crucifix would be better, but let’s at least transform those devices into tools to deepen our prayer life and help us connect with the Lord. Click link above to begin your search for the prayer app right for you. x x

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Catholic Faith Apps

vaticanFaith formation is a life-long journey which you can enhance with top-notch resources at your fingertips whether you’re a former Catholic looking to come home, a non-Catholic looking into the fullness of the faith or a Catholic seeking to grow in your journey. Continue that journey of faith by exploring popular apps available at the link above. x x

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 Catholic News Apps

news Get the latest news pertaining to our faith and culture in the world including daily updates of leading headlines from around the world, the Vatican and in the United States.

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Catholic TV and Radio Apps

tv-radio-photoLive and recorded television and radio from leading Catholic broadcast and internet networks in the United States and via Vatican broadcast media. Most is geared to the English-speaking world, but Vatican sources cover many languages. Programing includes liturgies, devotionals, news, Catholic teaching, call-in shows, live events and much more. Requires internet connection. x

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Recordings

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Be enamored by the rich variety of inspiration offered by a host of competent lecturers and famous priests whose recordings have been captured for our listening pleasure on line. Hours and hours of recordings! If you are looking for good, solid, faithful instruction, this link contains some timeless gems. When on the road, turn to these recordings. Listen while driving, gardening, cooking, lounging… so enjoyable to listen to these offerings. Edifying and inspiring. Internet connect required to operate some of the apps. x

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eBooks

ebooks-best“The purpose of our lives as Catholics is to become saints. By God’s grace, we can collaborate with Him on that lifelong task. You know many of the ways already, and an indispensable one is spiritual reading, which is accessible to all who are literate.” -  Father C. John McCloskey.  Thousands of e-book titles are available to read off your mobile device. Many of those titles are free, and you don’t need an expensive e-reader as your cell phone probably has all you need to download and start reading. Most services out there require reading software, but we also offer one that just needs standard Java (which most phones have). Explore your options along with a complete guide to downloading and reading books at the link above. x xx

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Catholic Political Action Apps (United States)

 By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person … As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life” [USCCB Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.] We feature two popular apps that are designed to help U. S. Catholics become more informed and involved in their attention to national civic matters.

Social Networking

Ignio Ignio (Free) iOS and Android- Live, share, track your spiritual practices and thoughts–just as you would your diet and exercise program only it’s for your soul. Collect a group of 11 friends to share updates, thoughts and practices like prayer, scripture reading, mass attendance. Great app for those who enjoy using social networking to keep in contact with certain close spiritual friends. On that front, it’s a good means of spiritual support with others you trust. It has a bishop’s approval. I like apps containing personal information like this with additional password protection–this has it. However, you have to sign up for a log-in. I am not a fan of having to give personal info like email address and my birthdate just to open the app. I do enjoy the daily message of reflection which automatically appears on my phone each morning.

Advent Apps

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Prepare for Christmas with little Advent devotions on-the-go. The popular apps recommended provide daily devotions, Scripture readings, Advent calendars and prayer services.  Some apps contain virtual Advent wreaths with candles that you can light on your device to bring this devotion with you wherever you travel.  x x

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Lenten Apps

Lent-ashesMany Catholic apps include in their content various Lenten devotions like Way of the Cross. So, you may have these devotions for Lent already. Check the detailed contents of your apps. Some apps are exclusively devoted to Lenten devotions. Click the link above to browse those apps that are popularly recommended. Browse a variety of resources to help you in your Lenten journey.

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Traveling Catholic

travelEven when on the road, our lifestyle as Catholics calls us to be attentive to weekend liturgies and holy days of obligation. Beyond liturgical offerings and church buildings, the world is filled with places of historical and cultural interests directly related to our faith. Check out some of the more useful apps for the savvy Catholic traveler.

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Don’t forget to restart your device after installing any apps to avoid crashes and low memory warnings!

 

49 Comments on “Best Catholic Apps Out There!”

  1. May 4, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Have to include MEA CULPA in the Sacraments category. This is a GREAT FREE app for Confessions. Oh yeah, and it’s FREE. Very similar to Confession but I find it’s examination of conscience to be a bit easier to navigate. Check it out at: http://catholicapps.com/meaculpa

  2. June 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    we have developed “paradiseGate”..a free app containing both (1 year,12 years) St.Bridget Prayers in 6 languages.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/paradisegate/id531546243?l=it&ls=1&mt=8

    Please help us to diffuse the St. Bridget prayers..a great gift from our Lord.. : )

    Best regards,
    A.Giuliani

    Arc0baleno.com

  3. eric
    June 22, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    thanks

  4. August 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    You have to add “Miraculous Medal” – it is free – they pray the Novena Prayers, stream services weekly, pray the rosary, have videos of people telling about how Mary answered their prayers, One minute reflections on Mary and beautiful Marian artwork, and more. It is on Apple and Android products under Miraculous Medal.

  5. Cameron
    August 1, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Thank you for this list, it’s very helpful. :)

  6. August 28, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    Here’s another one: a 3D tour of where Jesus was crucified, buried & resurrected in Jerusalem!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/holy-sepulchre/id550151641?mt=8

  7. September 14, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    http://www.sacredspace.ie run by the Irish Jesuits for the last 13 years has been redesigned to make it compatible with your phone and funding dependent witll be launching an app version over the coming months,

  8. September 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Thank you for your kind review of the CatholicVote App! Just a correction, however. The CatholicVote App is available not just for the iPhone, but also for the Android.

  9. October 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    May God bless you for your works. Have a nice day

  10. AJ
    November 18, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    Hiya – can someone suggest a good app for Catholic Church hymns. Thanks.

  11. November 28, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Breviarium Romanum (extraordinary form) requires connection in order to download the selected hour. It is possible to download the hole week.
    - Breviarium Meum – 0,89€ – Breviarium Romanum extraordinary form
    - Breviarium Meum HD – 0,89€ – Breviarium Romanum extraordinary form for iPad
    http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/breviarium-meum/id438927135?mt=8

    Breviarium (universal app=iPhone/iPad): 0,89 (Lite version=free) doesn’t requrires internet connection, contains the “liturgia delle ore (P.VI)”, at the present italian only.
    free: http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/breviariumlite/id556421944?mt=8
    http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/breviarium/id556464987?mt=8

    LitEtMus (universal app=iPhone/iPad) – free: news, ebooks (italian only at the present) and more…
    http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/litetmus/id492503034?mt=8

    Sancta Missa (universal app=iPhone/iPad) – 3,59€: works mostly offline, offers the text of the propers of the Mass (extraordinary form) with italian translation in pdf format, downloadable and printable straight from the app, A5 or A4 format. English version of texts coming in next update.
    http://itunes.apple.com/it/app/sancta-missa/id529619939?mt=8

  12. monty
    December 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    I like this app for mass , it had mass readings for all days.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/new-missal/id487890283?mt=8
    They have android version too

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crenovia.newmissal&hl=en

  13. December 11, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    San Gabriele dell’Addolorata (italian only): per conoscere il “santo dei giovani” attraverso l’iconografia e la poesia. Contiene infatti una grande raccolta di santini, inni, canti e poesie dedicati a questo santo “particolarmente caro a milioni di persone che continuano a pensarlo quale era davvero: bello, gioviale, amante delle belle lettere”*.
    I contenuti sono stati estratti dal libro “Gabriele dell’Addolorata nei santini e nella poesia” di Gabriele Di Cesare edito nel 1998.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sangabriele/id545113163?mt=8

  14. January 2, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/search?q=catholic – Winows Phone Catholic Apps.

  15. January 11, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    Thanks for throwing light on the various types of catholic apps available in the mobile app space. I am going to add some of these Catholic apps to my mobile. These apps are a good way for me to deepen my faith and strengthen my religious beliefs. http://www.onseeker.com/cathoic-apps.html

  16. January 17, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Hi Jenny,
    I’m Carlo Giorgi, I’m an italian journalist and I work for the Custody of the Holy Land (www.terrasanta.net). I would like to draw your attention to an interesting dossier on the Holy Family of Nazareth, published in the latest issue of The Holy Land Review, available on the App Store. It explains well the time and environment in which mary, Joseph and Jesus lived, worked, and prayed.
    The same issue also contains the results of the first scientific research on the olive trees of the Garden of Gethsemane, and an interview with the Syrian Catholic Patriarch, Ignace Youssif III Younan.

    Good reading,
    Carlo Giorgi

  17. George Darner
    January 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Too bad you folks can’t or wont come up wth a free version of the Lit of the Hours for the Android system. Does I-phone equate to Roman Catholic?

    • Catholic Apps
      January 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Try iBreviary or Laudete apps which are free and include a Liturgy of the Hours. Both apps have Android platform.

  18. Pam Barber
    February 9, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I am looking for a Franciscan supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours for my laptop and iPhone. Do you have it?

    • Catholic Apps
      February 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      iBreviary contains optional texts for 4 religious orders. Franciscans are one of them! iBreviary is FREE. So you should be all set.

    • Catholic Apps
      February 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      iBreviary (Free) has text options for 4 different religious orders. Franciscan is one of them! In settings, just turn on the Franciscan option.

  19. February 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Hello, thanks for including our apps. Wanted to let you know that MP3 Cardinal Newman (like all of our apps) is available for Android as well as ios.

  20. TM
    March 13, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    “Mea Culpa” is the most detailed (not for the scrupulous) and is the only one that actually badges sins by by number, species, kind. One down side, they don’t actually display under the same commandment in confession mode. Not that big of a deal. The other confession apps are just ‘yes/ no’. Number not included. Strongly advise UNLESS you suffer from scrupulosity, or are of the more ‘progressive’ bent. You’ll just get aggravated and likely not use it anyway.

  21. Libby Maldonado
    March 15, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    You need apps for nook not just the kindle!!!!!!! ( catholics apps)

  22. Millie
    March 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Is there no app for the Enchiridion of Indulgences? Any idea if one is in the making?

  23. Carlos D'Souza
    March 29, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Request for iMissal for BlackBerry Z10.

    Thanks.

  24. Fr. Brett Brannen
    April 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    A new Catholic app just came out recently. It is called “Wake Up to the Creed.” It is an alarm clock that wakes you up with an audio of the Nicene Creed. It is available in several languages! Pray the solemn Profession of Faith before you even get out of bed in the morning.

  25. May 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I’ll like to a new app to this list, but it isn’t clear to me how to do it. It’s called “Saint of the Day for Kids” It is available for iOS. It is a great resource for parents teaching their kids about the Saints. The images are printable, and sharable.

  26. May 17, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Thank your for including the English-Latin “Roman Missal” app from our firm, Alpha Opensource. We’re striving to make it the best and most comprehensive English-Latin Roman Catholic Missal app. We released a new version yesterday, dedicated to Pope Francis. :) The app now has a treasury of traditional Christian prayers in English and latin.

  27. Chris
    July 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Such a lack of support for Windows Phone… such a shame. Come on Universalis!

  28. September 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Why not a FREE church donation app? https://www.givelify.com.

  29. October 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Ecclesia Catholica Romana
    This website is humbly dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Ave Maria! Please feel free to browse around this website. You will find many resources, in different languages, online forums, audio and video resources, and much more. There are a lot of features now, and in development. Sign up for a free account to access much hidden content. Hail Holy Queen!
    Go To :>> http://www.ecclesiacatholicaromana.org/

  30. December 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I’m looking for iPhone apps that feature Scriptural Study tools like maps, glossaries, Dictionary of the Bible, Bible Timelines, etc. Any ideas?

    • Catholic Apps
      December 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

      Olive Tree’s Bible Study App
      http://www.olivetree.com/bible-study-apps/
      At that page click “Bible Study Tools” in upper menu
      From there you can choose various tools for your use. Very good material for use with Bible Study App. You’ll be amazed. Good luck!

  31. Rosalba Florez
    January 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    I wish you have Divine Office in Spanish. I would like to buy it.

  32. February 17, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    Have you heard of Verbum? You might want to check it out—it has a ton free books, bibles and commentaries.

  33. February 22, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Pleas add this android aps to the prayer. This aps contains 260 roman catholic prayers. Thanks. Good bles you.

  34. Mensaht75@gmail.com
    March 8, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Yes add all available free apps. Thank you

  35. Mensaht75@gmail.com
    March 8, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Thank you

  36. March 9, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

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    text in your content are running off the screen.
    Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too?

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  37. March 18, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks you sooooooooooooo much for this blog. I am a convert and my Catholic son-in-law had been listening to a Protestant app. He asked me if I knew of any good Catholic apps b/c he thinks he should listen to them instead. I asked several young adults but none of them knew about all these apps. God Bless YOU!

    • Catholic Apps
      March 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank you for the feedback. This site was originally developed as a resource for clergy and seminarian friends of mine who were either asking me for app recommendations or giving me app recommendations. This became a clearing house for all of us to share app ideas and links, and it remains so to this day. I’m so glad you found this easy one-stop resource for Catholic apps!

  38. March 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Wonderful ressource, I too enjoy sharing my findings with catholic friends:There is an app-book called Compendium (compendium of the catechism in several languages) on iTunes, there is the possibility of buying GIA hymnals on ipad- the app is Hymnals. ALso I know it is not specificially catholic but there are several kids apps on bible stories and games as well (Bible time, Noah’s ark etc.)

  39. April 5, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a data!
    present here at this weblog, thanks admin of this site.

  40. April 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Recomendation for best Catholic Daily Devotional App?

    • Catholic Apps
      April 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

      Thanks for your good question. Laudete has daily devotions and saint of the day included in its many offerings. If you’re looking for something with more weight, try iBreviary or Divine Office to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. The rosary is also always an exceptional devotional aid. Lots of those to choose from in app format. Hope that helps!

      • April 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

        Thank you. I will research them all and find what fits my needs.

      • Catholic Apps
        April 9, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

        I forgot to mention the most popular daily devotional published in print form–Magnificat. It is available as an app but only in iOS format and at a small price. https://www.magnificat.net/english/iphoneweb.asp

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