Printer Friendly

Holy swine flu.

A BISHOP has advised churches not to use holy water in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.

Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend John Gladwin, has advised members of his diocese to remove receptacles for water. He said: "Some churches have a stoup for holy water near the entrance to the church door, and people are invited to dip a finger in this, and to make the sign of the cross. "The water contained in stoups can easily become a means of rapidly spreading the virus," he said.

He said the use of holy water should not be reinstated until the pandemic is over and added that priests should advise members of their congregation who have flu-like symptoms to stay at home.

The Bishop has also urged special caution when taking Holy Communion to residential homes, warning if anyone has flu-like symptoms that the "priest alone should drink wine from the chalice".

He also discouraged pastoral visits and said if a visit was necessary, priests should wear sterile gloves, an apron and a face mask.
COPYRIGHT 2009 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2009
Words:178
Previous Article:Are you a Kerry or a Cherie? What is the perfect age for motherhood? Reporter KATE HODAL finds out.
Next Article:Fat camp grows.
Topics:


Related Articles
Swine flu - first case deteced in Saudi Arabia.
Swine flu - first case reported in Saudi Arabia.
Kuwaitis return from mecca with swine flu.
Saudi Arabia confirms first swine flu death.
Fifty-one US soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu.
Swine flu cases among US troops in Iraq climb to 67.
Saudi dismisses Hajj swine flu fears.
No bar on Haj over swine flu fears.
Italy's weapon against swine flu: electronic holy water dispenser.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters