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Religious Studies Professor Discusses Vatican’s New Smartphone App in The Washington Post

The Washington Post
October 25th, 2019 by 
Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies. Photo by John Buckingham

Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies. Photo by John Buckingham

Catholic spirituality is based in thousands of years of history and tradition but now it’s getting a bit of an upgrade. Last week, the Vatican announced a new “eRosary” app that will allow Catholics around the world to practice their faith using this new, digital medium.

In an article for The Washington Post, Mathew Schmalz, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, breaks down the motivation behind the new approach, explaining how the app is meant to “reclaim a generation that is close to being lost because of all the polarization and scandals within Catholicism and the general secularization of culture.” This digital interaction with the rosary will combine the old tradition with modern technology that young people are more likely to be familiar with.

Schmalz, an expert in global Catholicism and Catholic history, highlighted the app’s development as one of many examples throughout its history in which the Catholic Church has been successful in its efforts to adapt to new technologies.

To read the full article, go to The Washington Post.

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