Catholic combines faith, high-tech savvy to invent new Bible format


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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One of the oldest and most read books in the world now has a new, high-tech look. And it weighs only 5 grams, or one-hundredth of a pound. "God on the Go" is a USB flash drive containing the complete Bible in the New Revised Standard Version or the New Testament of the New American Bible.

It is currently available only for PCs but a Mac-compatible version is expected out this summer. Inventor Mark Mastroianni, a member of St. Edna Parish in Arlington Heights, Ill., said in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service that the idea for "God on the Go" came to him in prayer when he was asking God how he could bring together his Catholic faith and his background in technology and product development.

"Why not combine the Bible with commonly used and readily accessible technological platforms?" he recalled thinking.

After months of research and talks with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which holds the U.S. copyright on the New American Bible, "God on the Go" was born.

Mastroianni was pleased to learn that the device also offers the ecologically aware a "green" alternative to the printed Bible, since the thin pages of most Bibles require the use of a specialty ink that is "very toxic to users and in the manufacturing process."

"God on the Go" is available through Acta Publications,, and at bookstores.