01 April 2007

Irish holy water to be replaced

A protozoan called cryptosporidium has infected the water supply in parts of County Galway in wester Ireland. The parasite can cause stomach pain and diarrhoea. As a result, the Catholic Church in the area has decided to bless 3,000 bottles of spring water instead of tap water on Holy Saturday, that is, 7 April.

Although the water is meant to be used externally in order to obtain a blessing, some people tend to drink it, according to a priest at Tuam Cathedral (BBC).

Sensible precaution; reminds me of the ultraviolet treatment of water at the Zamzam well.

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