Cardinal of Bologna Restricts Communion in the Hand

Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, H.E. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, H.E. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

By way of the Italian blog Cantuale Antonianum we learn that the Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, H.E. Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, has issued new norms for the distribution of Holy Communion in his archdiocese. Here is an NLM translation of the communiqué of the Office for Social Communications of the Archdiocese:

On the first Sunday of Advent twenty years ago, in 1989, entered into force the resolution of the Italian Bishops’ Conference which authorised, with the approval of the Holy See, the distribution of Holy Communion in the hand.

 In recent weeks, parish priests and rectors of churches in our diocese have received notice of the provisions issued by the Cardinal Archbishop, in the face of grave abuses that have occurred in this regard. In particular, the Cardinal has ordered that in the Cathedral of St. Peter, in the Basilica of San Petronio and in the Shrine of the Madonna di San Luca, Communion is distributed to the faithful on the tongue only.

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