Swine Flu Concerns Bring Change to Catholic Mass

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Renee Chavarria

The threat of Swine Flu is bringing change to Catholic masses in the Norwich diocese effective Sunday. Bishop Michael Cote has ordered pastors to discontinue the sign of peace and drinking from the same cup. Also, communion will be taken only by hand instead of by mouth and there will be no hand-holding during prayers.

This is the first time the diocese has implemented mandatory swine flu precautions.

The diocese says the changes are temporary, but will continue as long as the threat of Swine Flu  remains.

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