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2019-10-17 12:20:31

Image copyright Vatican NewsImage caption The eRosary is activated by making the sign of a cross

The Vatican is hoping to pull in tech-savvy youngsters with the launch of an eRosary bracelet.

The gadget, which costs $109 (£85), can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of a cross.

It is connected to the Click to Pray eRosary app, which is designed to help Catholic users pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel.

The app tracks a user's progress, and contains visual and audio explanations of the rosary.

Users can choose from three ways of praying. There is the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary.

The rosaries are made up of 10 black agate and hematite beads, plus a metal cross that detects movement.

This project brings together the best of the Church's spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world, a Click to Pray press release said.

Taiwan-based tech company GadgTek Inc developed the gadget, which is water-resistant and compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

This is not the first time the Catholic Church has attempted to attract young people with technology.

In 2018, a Catholic evangelical group launched Follow JC Go! , a Christian take on the hugely successful Pokemon Go gaming app. It let players catch saints or Bible characters, instead of monster characters.

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