App Aids Parents in Picking Baby Name

Directory of Saints Brings 'Spiritual Aspect to a Tough Decision'

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HUNTINGTON, Indiana, DEC. 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Naming a baby after a saint is a tradition well-established among Catholic families, and something even Benedict XVI has endorsed. 

A new app from Our Sunday Visitor aims to help parents in choosing the saint who will be their child's patron.

Saint Names for Your Baby is an iPhone app that allows for searching a database of more than 1,000 saints by sex, patronage, feast day, and country of origin. The entries also include known biographical information on the saint.

"This is a fun and easy way for parents to bring a spiritual aspect to a tough decision," stated John Christensen, Our Sunday Visitor's director of sales and marketing. Parents might choose a saint whose feast day falls on a special family day, such as a grandparent's birthday or an anniversary. By browsing the "needs tended to" filter, parents can find saints dedicated to a special cause or need that might be important to them.

Confirmation Names is a new app for young adults preparing for the sacrament of confirmation. Confirmation candidates are usually asked to choose a saint name and holy role model prior to receiving the sacrament, and this app is one more way to connect young people with their faith through technology.

Finally, Our Sunday Visitor's Patron Saints app allows anyone with an interest in the saints, Catholic or not, to learn more about their lives and their faith at the push of a button.

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On the Net:

Saint Names for Your Baby: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saint-names-for-your-baby/id548636698?mt=8

Patron Saints: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/patron-saints/id548638713?mt=8

Confirmation Names: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/confirmation-names/id548057079?mt=8