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Bishop Promotes a Ban on Holy Water

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A bishop from The Church of England is now advising churches to remove holy water from the premises as the stoups that the holy water rests in could be infected by H1N1/Swine Flu.

"The water in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus," said The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend John Gladwin.

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.

The Bishop also issued advice about taking holy communion warning if anyone had flu-like symptoms not to "drink wine from the chalice".

He assured congregations that they could receive full holy communion by just taking the wafer of bread. "

Note: According to the most recent episode of This Week in Virology flu virus can be transferred by water.
 
 

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