Mass hysteria: virus forces holy communion shake-up

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Mass hysteria: virus forces holy communion shake-up

From empty holy-water fonts to peace signs, Catholics are canning traditional practices owing to Covid-19

Senior reporter

Catholic churches in SA are overhauling age-old traditional practices – including stopping the distribution of holy communion on the tongue, emptying holy water fonts and banning physical contact – to safeguard parishioners against coronavirus.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) ordered its bishops to formulate precautionary measures following the first positive case, which emerged in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal, last week.

“After the first case of coronavirus was reported in SA, the SACBC president Bishop Sithembele Sipuka has asked SACBC bishops to give health precaution guidelines in their own dioceses as preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus, while the medical researchers are still busy trying to find a cure...

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