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What about the Roman Missal smartphone app?

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 Contents - Jun 2014AD2000 June 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The significance of Pentecost - Peter Westmore
Saints John XXIII and John Paul II canonised - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Chain of generosity from Australia to Nigeria - Madonna Brosnan
Frassati Australia: dedicated young adult ministry - Br Barry Coldrey
UK Bishop speaks out on secularism's debt to Christianity - CNA REPORT
Societal violence and the murder of children - Anne Lastman
Fr Des Byrne: priest and catechist extraordinary - Bishop Peter J. Elliott
Missions: Salesians appeal for Solomon Islands emergency
US Catholic school embroiled in dispute over Church teaching - Kirsten Andersen
Why England's churches are empty - Nick Hallett
Religious freedom and same-sex 'marriage' - Fr John FLynn LC
Sisters of St Paul of Chartres and their global impact - CNA REPORT
Letters: Smartphone apps on the Mass - A. Erskine
Letters: What about the Roman Missal smartphone app? - Harry O'Regan
Letters: Mr Westmore: please put your thing away! - Anne Lastman
Letters: Modern slavery report - Laurie Sheehan
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The interesting article on smartphone Mass apps did not review the Roman Missal app which like Universalis, also uses the English/Australian readings at Mass.

Roman Missal is not the easiest to use, but is inexpensive (about $3.00) and comprehensive.

The Roman Missal app is principally designed for priests, as the celebrants' text is bold, while responses are in plain text.

It was created in collaboration with the publishers of the Roman Missal in English-speaking countries.

Roman Missal is dedicated to Pope Francis, contains the text of the Mass for the Pope, and prayers before and after Mass in English and Latin. It also contains the readings for a range of votive Masses, including Masses for saints, martyrs and the Blessed Virgin, as well as Requiem Masses and Masses for various needs and occasions.

The app can be used offline, unlike some other Missal apps that require an online connection to download the prayers or readings for the day.

Like other Missal apps, it has an implementation of the General Roman Calendar that automatically displays the celebration for the day for any day of any year. The app then loads the proper index pages for the respective season.

The app has handy buttons that correspond to the ribbon markers in the printed missal.

It does not have a trial period.

Springvale, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 5 (June 2014), p. 14

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