Tuesday, June 29, 2010
iFaith: H2ONews - Stay in touch with BXVI
Thursday, 10 June 2010
H2O News - Follow the Pope and the Church in the world through your iPhone and/or iPod Touch.
This is a video-based news application that is free for download among iPhone and iPod Touch users. The App itself broadcasts news items from a variety of Catholic news agencies including The Vatican Television Centre, Vatican Radio, Salt & Light TV, Popular Television, KTO, EWTN and Cançao Nova.
The focus of H2Onews is to provide news of the life of the Church and of social and cultural events that directly pertain to Catholics everywhere.
News is available in three formats through H2Onews: Video, Audio and Text. It’s great to have the options, particularly if you are required to be particularly frugal with your download quota. The news items are generally brief, the videos themselves are generally two minutes or so in length and they cover a variety of topical news stories. Through H2Onews, one is able to follow the travels and speeches of Pope Benedict XVI as well as other significant ecclesial activities. I made a lot of use of this App last month during the Pope’s visit to Fatima in Portugal as it allowed me to follow his movements and speeches with ease.
H2Onews also offers feature stories about feast days of Saints and other interest pieces dealing with historical events, places and proclamations.
This App is available in eight languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian and Chinese and is very easy to use. In all, it’s a great way to stay up to date with current happenings in the Church.
I’ve found the App to be a great way to stay up to date with news from the Catholic perspective, particularly in recent weeks where it seems that many news outlets seem to have a particularly anti-Catholic bias in their reporting. AND it’s available for free!