Laudate - #1 Free Catholic App
If you need a great tool for your spiritual nourishment, Laudate is a great place to start. This app for Android and iOS packs features which will brighten up your spiritual life.
I’ll explain a few of the features that I’ve used on the app which make it stand out. For example, Daily Prayer Routines which include daily readings from USCCB exactly as you would hear them in mass and Pray-As-You-Go meditations which takes one of these readings and converts it into a regular meditation which you can listen to as you go along. You can also get a 5 minute Daily Meditation by Pope Benedict XVI presented by Leonardo Defilippis. The Regnum Christi Daily provides another reflection on the daily mass readings. In the Daily Routine, you can also access a podcast at pray-as-you-go.org.
Other features that you can access include:
- Liturgy of hours;
- Order of the Mass;
- Stations of the Cross;
- Rosary and Chaplet;
- Religious freedom.
Each of these options takes you into finer details and other menu options which are extremely detailed. You can access other Catholic documents such as Code of Canon Law and the 2nd Vatican Council.
The app runs on Android 2.3 or higher. The iOS version requires iOS 8.0 or later, it is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease of Use
The app isn’t the most stable, especially the Android app. Although it offers comprehensive resources, you might struggle to get through your daily readings or listen to the podcast and other audio. The UI is easy to navigate and especially works well on iOS. Occasionally, you might not get your readings on time. The calendar layout has been updated for iPhone X, and the latest version also enables sharing from Laudate to other apps.
The app has a simple and intuitive UI, and I love the background theme that makes use of Catholic symbols. All the options are quite accessible from the menu panels, and each option that you select intuitively leads into other associated menus. I do wish the app had customizable themes and more colors, but the overall design is pretty nice and attractive.
Both the Android and iOS apps are free to install, and there are no in-app purchases.
- Offers the full range of Catholic prayer resources;
- Supports links to external resources;
- Provides multi-language support across 20+ languages;
- Easy to navigate UI.
- The app is unstable;
- Bug issues;
- Unable to get readings sometimes.
While it may be difficult to stay disciplined in attending mass and sticking to your everyday devotional routine, the Laudate app gives you a convenient and comprehensive opportunity to do this right on your device. You can access all essential utilities such as your readings, prayers, and devotionals and listen to podcasts as you are on the move. With its array of comprehensive resources packed in a single application, this is one of the best Catholic apps I’ve come across.