Diocese stops communion wine over swine flu
Thursday 25 June 2009
The Catholic Diocese of Plymouth has warned its churches not to offer wine during Communion to help stop the spread of swine flu.
The Diocese has written to all churches suggesting they offer only bread or wafers after two cases of the virus were confirmed in the city.
Letters were sent out last week advising priests against using a chalice filled with wine.
Michael Fay, communications officer for the Diocese of Plymouth, said: "The bishops discussed it and it was left to individual dioceses to decide on what measures they would take."
He said the Right Rev Christopher Budd, Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth, has taken the decision to remove wine as "a temporary measure".
He said: "He thought it was prudent to recommend that wine not be offered in the form of blood in the chalice."
The Plymouth Diocese covers much of south-west England, serving Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.
It has 93 parishes and is divided into five deaneries: Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and North and East Devon, and Dorset.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
The X Factor's judges colourful outfit was mocked by Simon Cowell
Life & Style blogs
Soylent: Could a slug of nutritionally engineered sludge ever replace the leisurely meal?
Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
Dear young men: The old stereotypes of what it is to be a 'man' are a load of rubbish
What lies beneath La Perla's 60 years of luxury lingerie?
Lynda Bellingham death: What is bowel cancer and what are the symptoms?
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...