UK Catholic Church launches 'God Calls' app to help discover vocations

The Catholic Church in England and Wales is aiming to lead parishioners to a closer relationship with God and to help them find out what their vocations are through a new mobile app called "God Calls."

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The newly launched "God Calls" app is meant to be a "spiritual toolkit" commissioned by the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The mobile application provides its users with daily prayers, Bible meditations, and reflections on the lives of the saints, the Catholic Herald detailed.

Aside from that, "God Calls" has a journal so users can keep track of their spiritual growth and have a better understanding of the Lord's calling for them. The app also allows them to connect with other users and to access Twitter and the news.

Sr. Elaine Penrice, who works at the vocation office, told Catholic News Service that the "God Calls" app was initially proposed two years ago. They wanted to use it to convey the message that each person is called by God to universal holiness and to a particular vocation, and people ought to develop a deeper relationship with the Lord.

"We were aware that to communicate this idea, it is important to get the message to as many people as possible," Sr. Penrice told CNS. "The app was one of the ways we thought we might be able to help people – especially young people – to think about their relationship with God, and how to make that relationship concrete every day."

The "God Calls" app can be downloaded for free by iPhone and Android users from its website at

Earlier this month, Crux reported that the Vatican had created a new app that would help priests create short homilies like the ones Pope Francis delivers. "Clerus-App," which can be downloaded for free from Google Play, puts together reflections, comments, and Gospel meditations for a homily.

As of the moment, "Clerus-App" is available only in Italian. However, there are plans to roll out an English version in the future.