Italy    NEW SERVICE SAVES SOULS FOR CASH PAYMENT
An Italian housewife has gone into the prayer business to rescue the souls of people whose daily grind leaves no time to attend to their own salvation.
   For $A2.50, Monica Ballinari, 26, will say a prayer for a lost relative or perform the sign of the cross once a day.
   The new "Paradise" agency which she has started running from her home in Varese, northern Italy, has a list of tariffs that go up to $A42 for a rosary sequence of five prayers.
   For a more personal service, Ballinari will recite a prayer in your home for $A21, excluding travel costs.
   "Life has become so frantic that people don't have time to do anything beyond work or family. That's why people have stopped praying even though they feel a spiritual need to do so," the mother and former actress told Il Giorno daily.
   To drum up clients, the Paradise agency's brochure exhorts its readers to remember they only have one soul. "If you don't have time to save it, call me; I'll take care of it".
   About 30 people have turned to professional prayer including two "well-known people", Ballinari said.
   
Reuters
20/4/00

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