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Archbishop backs iPhone app that explains new Mass translation

An iPhone has been launched to help people understand the new translation of the Mass.

The New Mass app, which costs 59p in Britain, has been endorsed by Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto.

Created by Cale Clarke, from Unionville, Toronto, it offers the new text of each major section of the Mass alongside the current translation, and includes a commentary on the changes.

Mr Clarke said: “When I heard about the new English translation of the Mass, I realized that a massive catechetical effort would be needed to help people learn the new texts and responses.

“Of course, books and printed materials have their place, but in today’s wired and mobile world, there was a need for something that people could carry with them in their pocket – a simple, easy-to-use, yet beautiful tool for helping them learn the new translation – hence, the idea for The New Mass iPhone app was conceived.”

He said the transition to the new text later this year “a chance to rediscover what the Mass is really about… We won’t be able to go from memory anymore.”

Commenting on the new text, Mr Clarke said: “It’s a more elegant and beautiful English translation, sticks closer to the official Latin text, and many great scriptural allusions.”