Can I catch a disease at Holy Communion?

The local Syro-Malabar Church has started a drive to give Communion in the hand based on the fear that a drop of saliva from one person might spread AIDS to another. I think this is pure propaganda and I have never heard of anyone’s catching any disease at Holy Communion. (Note be all kiss the same cross on Good Friday and nobody has ever caught anything). I also doubt if AIDS can be transmitted in this way.


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