Holy water ban to halt swine flu

By | July 16, 2009

Holy water ban to halt swine flu

A bishop has advised that holy water be removed from churches in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend John Gladwin, said at some churches people were invited make a sign of the cross using holy water.

“The water in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus,” he said.

In a directive to priests in Essex, he added: “It is not our intention at this stage to cause panic.”

He said priests should also advise members of their congregation who have flu-like symptoms to stay at home.

via BBC NEWS | UK | England | Essex | Holy water ban to halt swine flu.

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