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Jun 14, 2011 10:26 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Prayers online in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Too busy to get to church to pray?
A Romanian company is offering believers an online service enabling them to send prayers to priests who will read them out during church services.
Romanian Orthodox Christians customarily write down prayers in church, which are then given to priests who read them out for a small fee. The prayers are traditionally for health, good exam results, happy marriages, and the forgiveness of sins.
Orthodox believers can now pay euro1 (US$1.44) per day or euro24 (US$34) online per month for their prayer to be read. Currently, just four churches are enlisted on the site.
Gandul.info reported Tuesday that the Romanian Orthodox church, to which more than 85 percent of Romanians belong, did not approve the move, warning it could lead to laziness.

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