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General Absolution latest anti-SARS measure in Singapore

Archbishop Nicholas Chia of Singapore has issued a series of new directives as further steps to contain a virulent pneumonia that has killed nine people in the country.

Amid the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the archbishop has issued three directives allowing priests to give general absolution, exempting them and lay ministers from attending the cremation of SARS victims and discouraging the kissing of the cross on Good Friday.

These directives, issued late last week, are in addition to earlier directives suspending catechism classes and children's liturgy programs, and discouraging receiving Communion on the tongue.

Figures released yesterday indicate that 112 people in Singapore have contracted SARS. Nine have died, while 12 are in intensive care.

UCA News

Archdiocese of Singapore | Message from His Grace regarding the SARS outbreak (previous message 28/3/03)
Catholic church in Singapore suspends confessions due to SARS (Deutsche-Welle)
Catholic priests banned from hearing confessions (Ananova)
Toronto residents, churches deal with outbreak of SARS (Catholic News Service)

10 Apr 2003