A smartphone application that aims to help people grow and share their faith was launched on Wednesday, Sept. 8 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office.
CBCP News said the Faith Watch app is designed to help users find the nearest church to avail of services such as schedules of livestreamed Masses and other sacraments.
It also features biblical reflections and catechetical materials in video and digital format— and news, among others.
Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown lauded the new app, which is “very valuable tool” for Catholics.
“As your Apostolic Nuncio here in the Philippines gives me a lot of joy to recommend to you this new Catholic app for your cell phone,” he said.
“I am certain, as representative of Pope Francis, that this new Faith Watch app will help all of us live the gift of our faith and help us transmit it to others,” added Brown.
CBCP President Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao said the new app is a “gift” to the Church during this pandemic that “badly hampered our regular and normal ways and channels of catechesis and evangelization”.
“I am quite sure that we all consider this (Faith Watch app) as another big help, as another gift as it were for our use as we continue to meet the many challenges of the task of the new evangelization and missio ad gentes,” he said.
Boac Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit, head of the CBCP Commission on Social Communications, said he will encourage the faithful to download and share the app, which he described as “very useful, practical, convenient, and timely.”
The Faith Watch app is the latest project of the CBCP Media Office in collaboration with Areopagus Communications, Inc. and Heart of Francis Foundation.
Faith Watch app can be downloaded both in android and IOS devices.