Seoul Archdiocese Joins a Plan for Religious Portal

SEOUL, South Korea, FEB. 13, 2001 ( The Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul has entered a deal to launch a portal aimed at providing it and other religious communities with missionary contents via wireless Internet communications.

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The archdiocese, six other religious entities, and two subsidiaries of Korea Telecom orders signed an agreement today with a consulting firm to start the portal in the first half of 2001.

The other entities involved are the National Council of Churches in Korea (KNCC) representing Protestantism, the Chogye Order of Buddhism, Confucianism, Won Buddhism and Korean indigenous religions.

The agreement calls for the religious groups to provide contents of their respective religions and the two KT units — Korea Telecom Freetel and Korea Telecom — to send the contents to wireless Internet on

The National Council of Churches in Korea plans to make available at the portal its own contents on missionary works and biblical information in March.

«The advent of a religious portal translates into the position of wireless Internet as a popular communications form,» said KT Freetel President Lee Yong-gyong.

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