Prayers online in Romania
Bucharest - 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 €1 ($1.44) per day or €24 ($34) online per month for their prayer to be read. Currently, just four churches are enlisted on the site.
Gandul.info reported on Tuesday that the Romanian Orthodox church, to which more than 85% of Romanians belong, did not approve the move, warning it could lead to laziness.