Saturday, August 22, 2009

Holy Water- not fighting the Flu in Japan?

(Journey in a Broken World; c.f. Reuters (Independent; British; Secular)Friday 21 / 08 | August / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to the Reuters news agency, some parishes seemingly belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, in Japan have dried up their Holy Water Basins: so to speak, in order to combat the swine flu / H1N1 2009 strain influenza / Pig Flu.

According to Reuters:

"The Franciscan Chapel Center in Tokyo is one church that has decided to empty the holy water basins, into which parishioners traditionally dip their fingers and bless themselves by making a sign of the cross."
(Reuters (Independent; British; Secular) Friday 21 / 08 | August / 2009)

Holy Water is used as a sacramental when entering a church, though it is technically not designated for use on leaving a parish church. It reminds Catholics of their baptism, and is supposed to symbolize the clearing of the mind of secular ("worldly") matters.

The news agency notes that another parish- St. Ignatius, has also excluded Holy Water from the traditional ritual in order to combat swine flu. Only 0.4 percent of Japan is Catholic, many attending churches are foreign nationals. Parishioners of the first parish mentioned are also encouraged to give a sign of peace, not involving touching- such as bowing to one another.

Circumstances with high densities of people, such as churches during celebrations / liturgy, schools, shopping centres, festivals, and Universities, have been seen as places one is more likely to get swine flu at. The Catholic Church permits persons who are sick or tending to the sick to miss mass, the obligation absolved for these persons. People suffering from flu like symptoms may be well advised to miss Sunday mass for the sake of others.

The Sign of peace, which was once a kiss, is generally now a handshake- health authorities, and some bishops' conferences have advised Catholics to share the sign of peace via a sign which does not involve touching the other individual physically.

As an internationally collaborative: initiative to provide a more transparent, accurate view of the world: This service is brought to you by the Scripturelink Search Engine (quotations, or confers in this service/initiative, are provided to give perspective independently, or reference some external sources: and do not imply collaboration, or any kind of affiliation, or co-operation with other services, or initiatives, which are quoted or noted in articles)

Check the accuracy, and perspectives of our contents via the above listed search engine: against other "Catholic" services

Subscribe to our articles via email:

Subscribe to South African Catholic

Add your email to our system to: subscribe to: "South African Catholic News Service"'s dispatches: via email


View Archives

Discuss our stories:
at our sub-forum on Catholic Answer Forums :

South African Catholic News Service (group)

Or Join us on Facebook

South African Catholic News Service

Or become a fan on Facebook:

South African Catholic News Service- Page - the notes that we add: are generally: our articles from this service

Interested in the: Scripturelink Search and Information service- Page, or want to see our google reader: Shared Items: click here

We also have a site on twitter:

No comments:


Scripturelink Latest!

Search the Vatican Website by Section- Efficiently, and Effectively!

Search our specialized ( search site

Search the Vatican in general

Search the Vatican State (country, history, tourism, museums, local structures, media, landmarks etc)

Search Papal information and speeches on the Vatican Site

Search News, media and information on Vatican sites + Vatican vetted Jesuit Newspaper

Search the Second Vatican Council on the Vatican Website

Search inter alia Liturgy, Papal Calendar, blesseds, saints on the Vatican Site

Search Saint, Blesseds, canonization Information on the Vatican Site

Search inter alia the New American Bible (and other languages versions, and Pontifical Biblical Commission) on the Vatican Site

Search Catechism and Compendium (and Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church) on the Vatican Site

Search the 1983 Codification of Canon Law (and Pontifical Council for Legislative (Ecclesiastical) Texts) on the Vatican Site

Search the Roman Curia (Bodies set up to act on behalf of the papacy on matters)

Search the Pontifical Academies (Cultorum Martyrum, Ecclesiastical, Life, Sciences, Social Sciences)

Congregations (Faith,Oriental Churches, Worship / Sacraments, Saints, Evangelization, Consecrated Life / Apostolic Life, Catholic Education, Bishops)

Commissions (Cultural Heritage, "Ecclesia Dei", Archeology, Biblical, Theological, Catechism of Catholic Church, Latin America)

Tribunals (Penitentiary(sin), Roman Rota; Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica)

Councils (Laity, Chrst. Unity, Family, Justice + Peace,Cor Unum, Migrants + Itinerants, Health,Church Law, Inter-rel. Dialogue, Culture, Soc. Comm.)

Chorus Sistine Chapel, Basilica Excavations Office, "Latinitas",Publishing House,Equestrian Order , Pilgrims, Sacred Music, Vatican Press

Synod of Bishops

Offices: mostly Vatican Finance / economic issues

Secretariate of State : Diplomacy, Peter's Penance etc (Secretary of State deals largely with foreign issues)

Pontifical Committees e.g. Eucharistic Congresses, Historical Sciences; Labour Office of the Apostolic See; Swiss Guard

Section: Copyright Marc Aupiais. All Rights Strictly Reserved!