In India, about 140 parishes of the Syro-Malabar Church are prohibiting communion on the tongue, for health reasons.
In the wake of the Nipah outbreak, the Thamarassery diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church has issued a circular to the parish priests to serve the communion during the mass only on the hand.
The custom of serving the communion on the tongue by priests will be discouraged as part of the efforts to support the Health Department’s drive against the viral disease.
Priests in nearly 120 parishes under the Thamarassery diocese will heed the bishop’s advisory issued on Friday.
Nearly 20 parishes in Malappuram district too will follow suit.
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