CHICAGO (CNS) — The Chicago-based Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas has unveiled a bilingual app for its members.
The Syro-Malabar Church is one of two Eastern Catholic churches that have their origins in India. The new app, for use on Android devices, features text in both English and Malayalam, one of India’s official languages.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more fitting gift” for the Syro-Malabar faithful worldwide, said a Nov. 24 press release announcing the app’s debut.
The free app is available in the Google Play Store. The content was jointly developed by the Diocese of St. Thomas and Jesus Youth International, which has been working on the app over the past year with data provided by the Syro-Malabar Internet Mission based in India. EthicCoders did the technical work on the app.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington and the Pastoral Orientation Center of the Catholic Bishops’ Council of Kerala, India, provided scriptural excerpts.
Among the app’s features is a map finding all Syro-Malabar churches in the United States, and a year’s worth of daily readings from the Syro-Malabar liturgy, called the Qurbana. (The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is the other Eastern church with its origins in India.)
“We hope this fruit of our labor be a useful tool for many in their faith walk,” the Chicago diocese’s announcement said.
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