NEW YORK (
) -- The Catholic Church approved a new iPhone app designed to help troubled worshippers through confession. The app, called
, allows Catholics to track their sins and prepare for penance.
Confession, designed by the company Little iApps in South Bend, Ind., was developed in collaboration with several priests. The $2 app was not designed to replace traditional confession, says the company, but to help users better understand their actions before going to church.
While Confession is the first app to be approved by members of the clergy, it is not the first time that the Catholic Church has embraced technology.
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The Church launched a Vatican
channel in 2009 and Pope Benedict called on Catholics last month to join social networking sites as a way of developing new relationships with others.
Confession is just one of a handful of unlikely iPhone apps that have appeared in recent months.
, a solider-designed app that helps military specialists map, plot and photograph waypoints on a battleground and direct artillery fire, will make its debut in
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App store sometime in February.
The global mobile app marketplace is expected to be worth $25 billion by 2015, up from $6.8 billion last year, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets.
--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.
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