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13.05.05 01:51 Age: 7 yrs

Swedish bishop's best-selling bracelet seeks to circle world in prayer

Athens (ENI). There are just 18 coloured glass beads on the bracelet that resembles worry beads so popular in Mediterranean countries. But these are "Pearls of Life" and intended to help focus on prayer as well as meditation. They have become a surprise best-seller for the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden. More than 100 000 have been sold in almost 10 years and now the idea has been launched on a world stage at an international meeting of Christian leaders in Greece. [ENI-05-0353]