- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

LONDON — Two Anglican dioceses in Britain say they’ll change the way churches handle Communion to reduce the risk of spreading swine flu.

Church of England parishes in Blackburn, in northern England, and in Southwell, near Nottingham in central England, said Wednesday that they’ve changed procedures.

Worshippers taking Communion usually drink from a communal cup that is wiped with a cloth after each person takes a sip.

However, the two dioceses say that, for the time being, parishioners won’t share a cup and will participate in Communion by eating only the consecrated bread.

Britain has reported 30 deaths from swine flu and seen thousands of people taken ill.

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