Fortified wine to prevent spread of swine flu: Church of Sweden
Published: 07 Sep 2009 10:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Sep 2009 10:17 GMT+02:00
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Church authorities hope that fortified wine will provide better protection than light or alcohol-free wine against the spread of swine flu when the communion cup is passed around.
“We will have a vicars meeting where we will discuss this issue. Everything points to the fact that we will decide to reintroduce fortified wine during communion,” dean Stieg Berggren told Piteå-Tidningen newspaper.
The question of whether or not to serve fortified wine remains a local one.
“At the national level, we haven't made any recommendations about fortified wine,” Stefan Håkansson, press secretary at the offices of the Church of Sweden, told TT news agency.
Several churches have recommended that visitors shouldn't partake of communion at all to prevent the spread of swine flu.