Orthodox Church looks to salvation online
Feb 8, 2013
The Russian Orthodox Church is looking to improve its web presence after
Patriarch Kirill voiced his concern over church’s reputation on the
Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox
Church, is urging clergy members to build a more active relationship with the
Internet users, RIA
Novosti reports. During a meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Bishops
Council on 3 February the patriarch suggested that going online would help the
church to what it sees as anti-church rhetoric online and in the media.
“When a person makes a query on church life in an Internet search engine, he
finds a lot of lies, hypocrisy and hatred,” he said, according to RIA
The Orthodox Church’s announcement to get web savvy
comes after weeks after a
similar announcement by Pope Benedict.
In his speech, the patriarch told priests that a
person who lives predominantly in the Internet environment is detached from the
Christian ideal,and he emphasized that the virtual mission should be
complementary and not replace work in the parishes, according
to Russia Beyond The Headlines.
Photo of Patriarch Kirill courtesy Flickr user jimforest.
“Blogs, social networks – all are offering new opportunities for Christian
testimony. To be absent from there means to admit one’s helplessness and
reluctance for saving one’s brethren,” he said, RBTH reports
However, the endeavor will not be realized
immediately. The church’s spokesman, Vladimir Legoyda, told that it would take
around two years to elaborate a concept for a social-media presence, RIA Novosti
Kirill’s official Facebook page was
launched May 2012 and has 6,718 likes. The Orthodox Church has also its own
account on Twitter with 5,615
tweets and 1,768 followers.
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