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Russian monasteries accepting prayer requests by email

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080505/106601877.html Russian monasteries accepting prayer requests by email 05/05/2008 16:41 MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian
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      Russian monasteries accepting prayer requests by email

      05/05/2008 16:41 MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Orthodox
      monasteries have begun exploiting modern technology and are now
      accepting requests for prayers for the living and the dead by email
      or through mobile phone text messages, a respected Russian daily said
      on Monday.

      Izvestia wrote that one such monastery, northern Russia's Valaam
      Monastery, charges 150 rubles ($6.3) for a 'sorokoust', a prayer for
      the living or the dead by a priest in church each morning for forty
      days in a row. The paper specified that the monastery used the
      WebMoney payment system.

      Another monastery in the Vladimir Region receives donations via text messages.

      However, the Russian Orthodox Church did not rule out that believers
      could fall victim to fraud. "It seems to me it is better to
      personally visit a church or help those you know," said priest
      Mikhail Prokopenko, a spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, the
      Russian Church's governing body.

      However, Alexei Osipov, a professor at the Moscow Theological
      Academy, said it would be "sad if people treat the Church as a common
      service center," noting however that there was nothing intrinsically
      wrong with monks using the Internet.
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