The Roman Catholic Church has officially approved an iPhone application that guides worshippers through confession.
The senior church officials in both the US and the UK have given the seal of approval to the application, and it has been described as “the perfect aid for every penitent.”
The app talks a user through the sacrament, and it even allows the user to examine their conscience based on age, sex, and marital status, amongst other things.
However the app is designed to help people understand their actions, it is not designed to replace traditional confession.
In fact, he encouraged young Catholics to share information online. He has been urging people to embrace digital communication.
“I invite young people above all to make good use of their presence in the digital world,” he said.
He then went on to give a slight warning about virtual communication, “It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives.”
The Vatican have their own YouTube channel, and they also have a Facebook application that lets users send virtual postcards.
However this is the first time that the Catholic Church has approved a mobile phone application.
The app is available from the Apple App store for £1.19.