The Pope rules on the ingredients of the bread and wine taken at Communion

Children taking communion

IN a letter issued at the behest of Pope Francis, Roman Catholics have been told that the Eucharist may not be made from gluten-free substances.

Although the instruction sent to bishops by Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is meant for members of the clergy, the decision may affect many of the estimated 1.2 billion practising Catholics worldwide.

The pronouncement reflects the fact that the bread and wine and the Last Supper will not have contained any artificial additives, although it has been agreed that the Host may be low-gluten provided it contains sufficient wheat to allow production without additives and may be made from genetically modified organisms.

In addition, the wine used in the ceremony must be made from grapes only without any additives or chemicals.

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    • Naimah Yianni

      10 July 2017 • 15:40

      So the bread can´t be gluten free but it can be GMO??? What planet is he on? Saturn I expect


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