There is a new "door" into The Mother Church, open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It's a "virtual" but very accessible and wide door, opening onto the Internet, the worldwide assemblage of information linked by computers and telephone lines. Through this door, visitors discover the home page of the Church of Christ, Scientist, as well as the Electronic Edition of The Christian Science Monitor, and the Committee on Publication's religious freedom World Wide Web site.
As such Web sites evolve and usage grows, Mary Baker Eddy's writings and The Christian Science Publishing Society's publications will become more conveniently available to truth-seekers all over the world. In its first few weeks in 1996, The Christian Science Monitor site alone was visited by more than thirty thousand people in sixty-eight countries.
By the time of its first anniversary, January 13, 1997, the Church's Web site had received 1,018,043 "hits," been honored with the Magellan Three Star site award, and had added several new features—audio testimonies from those whose lives have been transformed through reading Science and Health; new material about The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, and The Herald of Christian Science, including articles in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, and the ability to order all of the periodicals on line.