Today’s digital landscape has so much to offer, it can be overwhelming at times. In his address for the 2019 World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis acknowledged both the dangers and the advantages of digital media and called on all of us to promote its “positive use.” Here are five learning tools that do just that. The websites, apps and devices listed below make the most of modern technology to help Catholics discover and practice their faith.
Catholic Brain is an interactive website for kids of all ages, offering hundreds of streaming videos, a Catholic dictionary, weekly Mass printables, seasonal resources, music and interactive quizzes and games about various aspects of our Catholic faith. Catholic Brain offers subscription packages for individual families, parishes and schools.
Biblezon is an innovative Catholic tablet device that includes a variety of pre-installed and add-on apps for learning about and practicing our Catholic faith. Biblezon tablets for kids offer Catholic animated videos, music, games and more to make “tablet time” safe, formative and fun. The grown-up version includes apps for various devotional prayer practices, the daily Mass readings, resources for praying the Liturgy of the Hours and more. In a digital world fraught with distractions and dangers, Biblezon tablets offer unique technology to help keep online activities safe and faith-focused.
Little App of Saints for Kids
This app, available for both the Apple IOS and Android platforms, offers visual puzzles of saints for kids to assemble. Puzzles come in three levels of increasing difficulty. When the puzzles are complete, kids can choose a reward — an audio message from the saint, a song or a passage of text.
Formerly known as “Outside da Box,” ODB films has produced over 150 innovative short films that help people of all ages better understand and apply their Catholic faith. On their website, you can stream these films free in their entirety or download them for a fee. Search for various keywords or filter by category. They have a whole page of original animated films as well as a Video Catechism series designed to help “bring the Catechism to life.”
Relevant Radio App
Relevant Radio is a catholic talk radio network that includes regular talk shows featuring well-known Catholic personalities and authors, such as Patrick Madrid, Drew Mariani, and Father Richard Simon. The app, available free for Apple IOS and Android, offers users the chance to listen live or on-demand to their extensive offering of shows. The app also includes Catholic news headlines, resources for prayer and more.