The Catholicpedia App makes The Catholic Encyclopedia available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch through an easy-to-use interface. Over 11,000 articles have been categorized by letter and related by tags. Features highlights...

* A powerful multi-keyword search engine,
* favorites,
* sharing via eMail, Facebook,
* AirPrint support.

The easy of use and these great features make Catholicpedia the most convenient way to access and carry in your pocket the full 15 Volumes of the Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917).

Note: the Catholic Encyclopedia is in English only.

From the Divine Office Catholic Ministry, developers of the “2011 Best iPhone, iPod and iPad Catholic Apps,” this beautifully crafted, simple to use Catholicpedia App is designed to present its users with the full body of Catholic teaching: the Encyclopedia contains not only precise statements of what the Church has defined, but also an impartial record of different views of acknowledged authority on all disputed questions.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine. What the Church teaches and has taught; what she has done and is still doing for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art — all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia.

The Encyclopedia bears the imprimatur of the Most Reverend Archbishop under whose jurisdiction it is published. In constituting the Editors the ecclesiastical censors, he has given them a singular proof of his confidence and of his desire to facilitate the publication of the work which he has promoted most effectively by his influence and kindly co-operation.

The Encyclopedia was designed to serve the Roman Catholic Church, concentrating on information related to the Church and explaining matters from the Catholic point of view. It records the accomplishments of Catholics and others in nearly all intellectual and professional pursuits, including artists, educators, poets and scientists. While more limited in focus than other general encyclopedias, it was far broader in scope than previous efforts at comprehensive Catholic encyclopedias. It offers in-depth portrayals of historical and philosophical ideas, persons and events, from a Catholic perspective, including issues that divide Catholicism from Protestantism and other faith communities.

The Divine Office Catholic Ministry, in partnership with Surgeworks, Inc., is the developer of several apps including Divine Office - Liturgy of the Hours, an iPhone, iPod and iPad app for the universal prayer of the Roman Catholic Church. Divine Office was selected as the recipient of The NY Times Company’s Readers’ Choice Award 2011 for “The Best Catholic Website,” “The Best Catholic iPhone App,” “The Best Catholic iPad App” and “The Best Catholic Podcast.” Visit the Divine Office Website at or view our award-winning app in the App Store and Mac App Store.

Citations: The Catholic Encyclopedia Original Preface (1917) and Wikipedia.

What's New

Version 3.0.13

- Changed app to be free with ads
- Users who previously purchased the app can restore their purchase on the settings screen for free ad removal

Ratings and Reviews

Cannot redownload


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Frustrated in Durham

This app. is worthless. It shuts down constantly, freezes, etc. It took me almost two minutes to scroll all the way down the M's to find mysticism. If you're offline and you've waited the 2-3 hours necessary to download all the contents in cached form, you can't browse or search, because you need to be online for that.

I have so enjoyed praying the liturgical hours available from this same site but this app is a waste of money. Considering the wealth of information available, I sincerely hope they will continue to work on making this more efficient.

Will not buy another app from these folks until this improves.

Love it!


I use this app regularly. So helpful and so much data... I found the search is easier if instead of searching through the entire book u narrow it down by category and/or first letter first. From there enter the keywords; with less data to load it finds the content quicker. A must have for catholic history buffs...


Surgeworks, Inc.
120.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© Surgeworks, 2011-2012


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

More By This Developer

You May Also Like