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Church group collects charity by SMS

In the past, we’ve seen good and bad examples of the relationship between the Church and SMS.
Here’s another good one from The Netherlands.

The group Kerk in Actie (Church in Action; part of the Protestant Church) is collecting charity money by SMS.  Since last week, a radio commercial urges people to send a premium SMS message with the text ‘Noodhulp’ to the shortcode number 4333, which costs 1,50 euro per message.  The revenue will be used to help victims of the civil war in Sri Lanka, more specifically for food, drinkable water and housing in the area.



Italian bishop bans SMS during fasting

Last year, Pope Benedict XVI surprised us when he sent spiritual SMS messages to the young participants of the World Youth Day in Sydney.

But just when we thought the Catholic church was embracing modern technology, an Italian bishop has called upon people to ban SMS during the Lent, the 40 day period of fasting before Easter.  He asked his parishioners to abstain from sending text messages on the 4 Fridays before Easter to allow a moment to escape from the virtual world and to obtain an ‘interior serenity’.  Other bishops were inspired by the action and followed the example.

Italy comes second in the list of European countries with the most consumers of SMS, behind the UK.

SMS opens church door

Visiting a church even though it’s not officially open. That’s now possible in the Dutch town of Bornwind (Friesland) by sending a simple SMS message. When the door is locked, anyone who wants to visit the house of God can send a premium SMS at 1,50 euro. In return, he then receives an access code which opens the church door. This way, Steunpunt Monumentenzorg, who has taken the initiative, wants to increase the accessibility of the church. The church receives 1 euro for every SMS.
To avoid vandalism, every visitor will be photographed.

The system was developed by students of the Internet Academy of Leeuwarden. If the E-Tsjerke (Electronic Church) project is a success, it’ll be used in 50 other churches in the area.

Source: De Morgen

SMS opens church door