No cash? Paris church basket now taking bank cards

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The passing around of collection baskets at Catholic mass usually leads to a collective digging through pockets and purses for loose change or small bills -- but a Paris church is testing a high-tech alternative. Starting Sunday, worshippers at Saint-François de Molitor church in the city's 16th Arrondissement can use their debit or credit cards to donate using baskets equipped with contactless payment terminals. The premise is simple: An entire generation is using bills and coins less and less," the diocese of Paris said in a statement. The five baskets keep their traditional woven design, but will accept digital donations of two to ten euros ($2. 50 to $12). Weekly collections remain a key source of financing for Catholic churches in France, accounting for 23 percent of the more than 600 million euros donated in 2016. In Paris, the average parishioner contributes nearly 100 euros a year. The baskets aren't the first efforts to reach out to the tech-savvy faithful. Since October 2016 eight Paris churches have accepted weekly offerings via an app called "La Quete", or The Collection. Eight more in the capital will start using La Quete this Sunday, joining around 5,000 others that have signed up for the service. We increase a parish's resources because donations are two to five times higher than those in cash," said Stanislas Billot de Lochner, co-founder of Obole Digitale ("Digital Offering") which created the app. And there's no need to worry about fellow worshippers looking askance if users just pass the basket: slips of paper confirming their donation are available at the door. It allows us to remove any reluctance from a churchgoer who might think, I've made an offering but people are still looking at me funny and saying to themselves, 'he didn't give anything'," Billot de Lochner said.
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Gujarat: Oil tanker catches fire at Kandla, two crew members suffer burn injuries

The firefighting is being carried out using tugs and rigs available from nearby resource agencies. At least two crew members received burn injuries after a major fire broke out at an oil tanker MT Genessa anchored 15 nautical miles off Deendayal Port in Kandla Wednesday evening.

The Indian Coast Guard swung into action after receiving the information. All 26 crew members including the two with burn injuries have been evacuated safely.

The firefighting is being carried out using tugs and rigs available from nearby resource agencies. effort. ICG Pollution Control team has also been activated and a Dornier has also been pressed into action.

Diesel.

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PAK SCAN: China, Pakistan Hold Joint Indian Ocean Expedition

PAK SCAN: China, Pakistan Hold Joint Indian Ocean Expedition

KARACHI: Launching the countries’ first joint scientific collaboration at the North Indian Ocean along the Makran Trench on Sunday, Chinese and Pakistani researchers started an ocean-bottom seismograph (OBS) for the first time using Shi Yan 3, a scientific research vessel from the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology at the Chinese Academy of S

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Incredible makeup transformations

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These people show that makeup can be considered art by using it to become whoever they want. From Halloween costumes to movie characters, monsters and even Cristiano Ronaldo, everything is possible with a bit of makeup and a lot of talent!

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