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New Zealand reaction to swine flu: Communion in the hand, under one kind; no sign of peace

April 30, 2009

In response to the spread of the swine flu, the bishops of New Zealand “have requested that receiving Communion on the tongue, Communion wine from the chalice and shaking hands at the sign of peace at Masses in New Zealand cease,” according to the nation’s Catholic newspaper. In the nation of 4.2 million, there are 13 confirmed cases-- and 96 suspected cases-- of the disease.


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