Jesuit-run organization launches website and mobile app to invite people to pray daily with the pope
After the successful launch of The Pope Video earlier this year, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) is again embracing modern means of communication to promote the pope’s monthly prayer intentions. On July 6, the Jesuit-run organization will officially launch a new digital platform called Click To Pray that features a mobile app where men and women throughout the world can join others in prayer for the intentions of Pope Francis to address the challenges currently facing humanity.
The innovative website and mobile application presents unique prayers every day of the year; even the logo changes in color at the start of a new day. This corresponds to the theme of the initiative, “Together, we make each day different.”
While the Click To Pray platform focuses on praying for the universal challenges confronting humanity, registered users are able to post their own prayer intentions on the “Prayer Wall.” Each intention has a “prayer counter” that allows you to see how many people around the world are praying for your intention. This unique feature reassures you that you are not alone and unites your prayers with those of millions of people around the world.
Additionally the digital platform promotes a daily schedule of prayer, with unique prayers for the morning, afternoon and evening. A registered user can receive reminders to help them pray throughout the day, including a notification on the first Friday of each month (World Day of Prayer).
Fr. Frédéric Fornos, SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), explained the initiative saying, “Click To Pray invites men and women around the world to accompany Pope Francis in a new digital way, with the hope that the continents unite in prayer for the great challenges of the world and the mission of the Church as expressed in the pope’s intentions.”
Developed, designed, and distributed by La Machi, the Click To Pray app is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French in both Android and iOS formats, in addition to an online website, making it easy to access wherever you go.
The app was originally launched in 2014 in Portugal and became so popular it created a community of 87,000 people in 138 countries. On account of its immense success, the app was redeveloped and is being launched globally this year. A special event for the launch of the English version of the app is scheduled for July 6 at the Catholic Digital Communications Conference in New York City. The event features a line-up of speakers such as Father James Kubicki, SJ, Father James Martin, SJ and our own Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalia.
According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis “has confirmed that he is pleased with the effort and is encouraged that the international prayer network will assist greatly in this Year of Mercy for all Catholics to pray in communion.”
Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, National Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in the US, explained the importance of this app, saying, “Being part of a communication vehicle like Click To Pray allows us to achieve greater solidarity with Christians everywhere, with whom we join in prayer for the world, the Church, and one another. We don’t know how, but we believe Jesus when he said that by uniting in prayer we can bring about much good in the world. ‘For with God all things are possible.’”