OFFBEAT NEWS
July 07, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

Georgia's powerful Orthodox Church has assured believers that the ex-Soviet state's new electronic identity cards do not carry the mark of Satan after being petitioned by worried worshippers.

"The Holy Synod states that from the point of view of theological and ecclesiastical teachings, ID cards as they exist today do not represent the mark of the Antichrist," the Church's governing body said in a statement late Thursday.

Some Georgian Christians had petitioned the Church, expressing fears that the ID cards contained an electronic chip marked with the 'number of the beast', 666.

The Holy Synod responded by saying that although there was no religious argument against the cards, citizens should have the right to choose what kind of ID document they carry.

The high-tech electronic cards give citizens access to a range of state services online and can also act as a 'digital signature' for official documents.

Georgia is a largely pious Christian nation where the Church wields huge influence and the Orthodox Patriarch is the single most respected figure in society.

AFP


 

hasee


PREVIOUS STORY
Philippines opens door to shorter officers
NEXT STORY
Police in Down Under strip mix-up

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Remain apolitical, school heads remindedSchool heads have been reminded to remain apolitical and refrain from taking part in any political campaign or activity.
SPORTS
2800+ athletes confirmed for GamesMore than 2800 athletes will be part of this year's Coca Cola Games which by far is the biggest in the history of the secondary schools athletics finals.
ENTERTAINMENT
Iggy Azalea’s debut album out April 25Australian rap siren Iggy Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, featuring Change Your Life, Work and new top 10 single Fancy as well as collaborations with Charli XCX, Rita Ora and TI, is out on April 25.
CELEBRITY
Farhan, Deepika scoop top awardsLegendary athlete Milkha Singh's biopic 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was the biggest winner during the 59th Filmfare awards in India this morning.
HEALTH/FITNESS
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Sigatoka resort to close for renovationYatule Beach Resort along the Coral Coast will be closed from next week for renovations as its management seeks to increase the resort's profitability.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS