China's Catholics increasingly embrace cyberreligon
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But church use of the Internet remains obstructed by the state
Young people browse the web with their smartphones in a fast-food restaurant in China. Despite a boom in Internet use, the mainland ranks at the bottom of global surveys in terms of Internet freedom. (Photo by ucanews.com)
The Internet in China currently plays a role in the lives of nearly 700 million people, and for some of them it is used for religious purposes.
"Want to listen to the Buddha's teachings but find no time to go to a temple? It doesn't matter. We have a public WeChat account," says a article published by the State Administration for Religious Affairs.
The article was about how a Buddhist temple in Wuxi city in eastern Jiangsu province integrates religious life with the Internet through mobile messaging, mostly via the hugely popular WeChat smartphone app.
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