There are fewer Catholic iPad apps on the iTunes Store (only about 90, compared with more than 350 Catholic iPhone apps), but there's something about the wide-open space of the iPad screen that makes some of these apps look gorgeous. You will notice that the readers of the About.com Catholicism GuideSite chose some of the same apps for both Best Catholic iPhone App and Best Catholic iPad App, but once you've seen those apps on an iPad, you will realize that there's no comparison. Read on for a brief description of each finalist for Best Catholic iPad App!
Best Catholic iPad App Finalists:
- Confession: A Roman Catholic App (iTunes Store)
The only iOS app with an imprimatur, Confession is "Designed to be used in the confessional . . . With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance."
- Divine Office - Audio Prayer - Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Catholic Church (iTunes Store)
The Divine Office app "is an audio and text version of the official set of daily prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Catholic Church (Breviary). It wirelessly downloads several days of prayers at a time, without the need for iTunes synchronization or access to a computer."
- iBreviaryPro (iTunes Store)
"iBreviary transforms your iPhone and iPod touch into a complete Breviary in 5 languages (Italian - French - Spanish - English - Latin); a mobile multimedia aid for all Catholics; an aid to hearing and reading the words of the Holy Father daily and on which you can read the official documents of the Catholic Church."
- iMissal Catholic (Mass Reading, Calendar, Lectionary) (iTunes Store)
iMissal offers a full liturgical calendar, daily Mass readings, the Order of the Mass, Mass videos from CatholicTV.com, unique Bible verses for every day of the year (in three different Bible translations), and over 80 of the most popular Catholic prayers.
- iPieta (Catholic Teaching, Calendar, and Prayer) (iTunes Store)
iPieta is "for all those who want to gain access to a vast library of Catholic documents, teachings, writings, prayers, and calendars. With the iPieta App, these Catholic Treasures are readily available, at home or on the go, for teaching, on the spot apologetics, and for the benefit of your own soul and those around you."
Only two more categories to go! Next up: Best Catholic to Follow on Twitter.