Catholic archdiocese launches Sindr app for urgent confessions

A Roman Catholic archdiocese in the United Kingdom has launched the Sindr app, which aims to help people who have the urgent need for confession.

(Reuters/Nikola Solic)A Roman Catholic Croat confesses to a priest during a pilgrimage in Krasno, some 150km (93 miles) south of Zagreb, August 15, 2009.

On Nov. 22, Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley announced the launch of Sindr, what is reportedly the first GPS-powered Sacrament-finding app in the world. The said tool, otherwise known as "The Catholic App," allows users to find the nearest locations and schedules for Confession, Holy Mass, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Vatican Radio details.

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The launching of Sindr happened in front of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome as Scottish bagpipes were played.

The Catholic App uses the same technology that dating hook-up app Tinder does. It will guide a person from his or her location around the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh to the nearest church or parish that offers confession or mass at that moment, the Telegraph reports.

According to Archbishop Cushley of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Sindr 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."

Dr. Maciej Zurawski, the founder of Sindr developer Musemantik, expressed his hope that other Catholic dioceses worldwide would buy the new app. He emphasized the importance of engaging with the mobile generation at a time when the popularity of websites is going down.

"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," said Dr. Zurawski. "That's the vision behind the Catholic App," he continued.

Sindr is set to live in early 2017. The Sacrament-finding app by Musemantik will reportedly be available on iPhone and tablet devices.

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