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Bishop orders no communion cup during meningitis outbreak

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Youngstown, Ohio, on Thursday ordered the temporary suspension of Catholics receiving Communion under both species at eight area churches in the wake of a deadly meningitis outbreak in the city of Alliance.

Catholic World News reports that the diocese announced that a common cup should not be used during Communion in order to address meningitis concerns. It emphasised the order "should be interpreted only as a temporary directive."

Nancy Yuhasz, the diocese's chancellor, said the bishop made the decision without consulting doctors. She also said no health officials asked the diocese to eliminate the shared cup from its services.

Two teenagers have died from the highly contagious disease and Alliance was forced to cancel school final exams, graduation, and other community events.