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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
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      Orthodox Church looks to salvation online
      Feb 8, 2013
      By Anna
      Novosad
       
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      The Russian Orthodox Church is looking to improve its web presence after
      Patriarch Kirill voiced his concern over church’s reputation on the
      Internet.
      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
      Novosti.
      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.
      Creative Commons.
      “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
      reports.
      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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