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MOSCOW, August 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russia joins in the European and world tradition so that people staying in hotels could read the Bible in their suites. The first batch of 6,000 copies of the New Testament and the Book of Psalms will be handed over on August 9 to the Hotel Izmailovo, one of biggest hotels in Moscow, a source in the Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
This act of charity is supported by the Department of Tourism and Hotel Business of the Moscow government and the Missionary Commission at the Diocesan Council of the capital.
“Bibles are available in practically every European hotel. The Gospel Book is the basis of European culture and its being offered in hotel suites is a sign of respect and hospitality to guests and an indication of the level of the hotelier’s culture,” said hieromonach Dimitry Pershin, the chairman of the Missionary Commission.
The funds for printing the copies were supplied by the Foundation of St Gregory the Theologian.