The Vatican is going after tech-savvy youngsters with the launch of a "Click to Pray" eRosary -- a wearable device connected to a mobile app that's activated by making the sign of the cross.

The device -- which can be worn as a bracelet -- is made up of 10 consecutive black agate and hematite rosary beads, plus a data-storing "smart cross." Once activated, the wearer can choose to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative rosary or a thematic rosary, which will be updated throughout the year. The device shows progress throughout each prayer and keeps track of each rosary completed.

The Vatican says the device -- part of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network -- is designed as a tech-based teaching tool for learning "how to pray the rosary for peace in the world."

The corresponding app features personalized religious content, as well as health tracking info gleaned from the bracelet. It's on sale now for $110.

Maybe the Church is starting to get with the times, Pope Francis has his own Instagram account, the Vatican has a  messaging app Telegram to communicate and help Catholics during Lent.

Indeed, the Vatican launched its first iPhone app all the way back in 2008, so it's fair to say it isn't afraid to experiment with new technology.

(Engaget)