An enterprising Italian inventor has patented an automatic holy water dispenser for use in Catholic churches.
Some parishes in northen Italy have already installed the fonts and many more all over the country are expected to follow suit.
These fonts replace the traditional open ones into which Catholics dip their hands upon entering and leaving a church.
Luciano Marabrese says that he designed the dispenser because he feared that this tradition was about to disappear as churchgoers were beginning to worry about contracting swine flu through placing their hands in open fonts.
In another move which sees the Catholic Church striding confidently into the twenty-first century, the Vatican has invited experts from Google, Facebook, Youtube and Wikipedia to speak at its Bishops’ Conference, held in Rome from today, about new ways of communicating with young people.
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