Trends: Click here for two Hail Marys

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Evangelists have long espoused their views on TV, but the Tube now seems like old hat when it comes to spreading the Word.

Chinavision, a Chinese electronics wholesaler, has launched a crucifix-shaped MP3 player ( with a preloaded copy of the New Testament. America's Bible Belt has, not surprisingly, embraced the gizmo.

In Italy, meanwhile, McKay & Sisters ( sends Catholic prayer cards to mobile phones for £2.30 a week. And here in the UK, believers are gathering online at, a virtual church with over 1,500 members.

With the release of church programmer Mark Howe's new book Online Church? First Steps Towards Virtual Incarnation (Grove Books, £2.95), the path to heaven has never seemed more digital.