German-Language “Chat Room” for Those Alone at Christmas

VIENNA, Austria, DEC. 21, 2001 ( Internet will keep company with those who are spending Christmas alone.

This is the latest initiative announced by the German Catholic Web site On Dec. 24, will offer a “Christmas chat” from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. the next day, in which priests and lay Catholics will be available to dialogue via the Web.

The promoters plan to provide a meeting point for people who will be alone, giving them the possibility to talk about the meaning of this feast, as well as to discuss matters of life and faith. Participants may remain anonymous.´s address is