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Bishops to vote on revised norms on Communion under both kinds

The US Catholic bishops are preparing to vote this month on a revised version of This Holy and Living Sacrifice, a directory on the reception of Communion under both kinds in the US church.

The revised directory they are to vote on during their meeting in Atlanta at the end of next week encourages Catholics to receive Communion under both forms, bread and wine.

It quotes the Vatican's new General Instruction of the Roman Missal: "Holy Communion has a more complete form as a sign when it is received under both kinds". The original This Holy and Living Sacrifice was issued in 1984 in conjunction with a Vatican indult -- or exception to general church law -- allowing US bishops to make broader use of the practice of Communion under both kinds.