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Religious faiths in Russia more and more actively adopt the Internet

Moscow, November 10th (ITAR-TASS) - Religious faiths in Russia are more and more actively adopting the Internet. In the Russian segment of the Internet there are more than 2,500 web sites on Orthodox issues; practically all Muslim communities in Russia have computers, announced Andrei Barabanov, Representative of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, in the Federation of Internet Education (FIO). Today a special course for students of the Orthodox and Islamic theological institutes was opened here.

Still 10 or 15 years ago no one could anticipate that the modern information technology would have such an influence on the life of priests and parishioners, said Barabanov, emphasizing that the necessity of using the Internet in a religious sphere increases with every new day.

The FIO informed us that 20 seminarians of the Moscow Clerical Academy and 21 students of the Moscow Islamic University sit on the computer school bench.

Father Pavel, secretary of the Scholars Council of the Moscow Clerical Academy, expressed wishes that the students would perceive the resources of the World Wide Web through the prism of humanity. The Internet allows us to overpass the distance between the clergy and the world in a shortest way, he added.



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