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Vatican launches $161 wearable rosary device to get young people into prayer

The Vatican has launched a wearable device. Image: Click To Pray

The age of wearable tech is well and truly here: watches, fitness trackers, Google Glass and now, rosaries.

The Vatican has entered the tech game, launching a US$101 (AU$161) wearable device this week.

The “Click to Pray eRosary” is an app-driven device designed to help people pray.

And the Vatican hopes the smart rosary will be “a new way to engage young people in a traditional prayer”.

The device is activated when the wearer makes the sign of the cross, and once activated the user can choose the different prayer methods. There are standard, contemplative and thematic rosaries to select.

The device links to the free app allowing users access to an audio guide and personalised content.

The device keeps track of each rosary the user completes, and shows the users’ progress throughout the prayer.

“Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based pedagogy to teach the young how to pray the Rosary, how to pray it for peace, how to contemplate the Gospel,” the Vatican-owned Click To Pray organisation stated.

“Therefore, this project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.”

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