App Brings Divine Office in Chinese to Smartphones

Technology Credited With Making Prayer Easier

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HONG KONG, NOV. 23, 2011 ( Just last week, Benedict XVI recommended forming a habit of praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Chinese-speakers can now use their smartphones to follow his advice.

UCANews reported on Father Paul Leung Kai-kwong’s «iBreviarium,» a Chinese-language app with daily Mass readings, the Divine Office, prayers and stories of the saints. 

It was launched in August for the iPhone, and for Android last week.

Father Leung, who worked in Rome for two decades, got the idea for his app from a similar Italian-language one

«A priest wrote to tell me he failed to say the breviary every day because he was too busy; now he says he is happy because the new app allows him to pray whenever he can find a quiet corner,» Father Leung told UCANews.

Though the priest says youth spend too much time on their smartphones, he is in favor of the Church trying to offer spiritual resources with technology.

The Liturgy of the Hours is also available for English-language apps.

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