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Have a confession to make? There's an app for that


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iSinned. iLied. iCoveted.

Don't worry, there's an app for that.

Catholics with a guilty conscience no longer need to find a priest to unburden their souls. They just need to whip out their iPhones. Confession: A Roman Catholic App, bills itself as "the perfect aid for every penitent." Sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States, the application guides users through the sacrament and promises "a personalized examination of conscience for each user," according to its description on

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Worried about the secrecy of your sinning? Don't be. The app comes with "password-protected profiles." Other highlights: "ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience" and "choose from seven different acts of contrition."

The app's developers say they were inspired by Pope Benedict XVI's World Communication Day address last year, in which he called on priests to embrace digital communication.

Unfortunately, the app can't grant absolution. Catholics still have to see a priest for that. For now, anyway.

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