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DALLAS (AP) -- Catholics now have a sure-fire way to know when their religious fervor needs some rekindling.
A new iPhone application gaining popularity across the country
tracks users' religious activity -- everything from reading Scriptures to posting prayers. The faith activity is reflected in the flame of a virtual candle tied to the app that grows larger and brighter with every completed task. Stray from the path and the flame burns out -- only to be rekindled if another user physically "bumps" mobile devices with the holder of the extinguished flame.
The free app called Ignio -- "ignite" in Latin -- was released last month as an innovative way for Catholics to encourage young
people to be more active followers. Dallas businessman Andres Ruzo, who led the team that helped create Ignio, says the app is a tool
that connects the faithful, especially young people.
Ruzo says his son has 1,000 Facebook "friends" that are actually only acquaintances. He hopes the app will appeal to tech savvy younatholicg people. The app works with groups of 12 and has
spread to more than 5,000 users in just over a month. He hopes to
make it available with Android phones. And he hopes church leaders
will promote its use. Ruzo says non-Catholics are also participating and hopes other Christian groups will copy the technique.
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