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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23502928 30 July 2013 Last updated at 05:43 ET Romania: Church offers prayer service for safe drivers
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      30 July 2013 Last updated at 05:43 ET

      Romania: Church offers prayer service for safe drivers

      Orthodox priests in Romania are presenting a new blessing service which
      offers prayers for the safety of drivers, their cars and passengers,
      it's been reported.

      The patriarchy of the Church introduced the service after increasing
      demand from car owners, the regional news website Balkan Insight says.
      According to reports, there's no fixed fee for the service, but drivers
      can pay as much or as little as they want. It's common practice in
      Romania for worshippers to write down prayers for such things as good
      health or examination results, which are read out by priests for a small
      fee. Romania remains one of Europe's most devout countries, with 2011
      census data showing that 85% of the country belong to the Orthodox
      Church. The Church, in turn, remains popular, turning to the internet,
      TV and radio to reach believers.

      For the religious, prayers may be a necessary precaution: the European
      Commission's Eurostat service says that Romania has the third highest
      road traffic accident rate in Europe, with data released in September
      2011 showing 142 traffic deaths per million of population, compared to
      the UK's 43 per million.
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