You have to be careful in church these days. You never know what you might catch.
A Londonderry priest has given parishioners the choice of whether or not to shake hands with others at Mass.
The parish priest in Ballymagroarty has said he has had a letter from a Mass-goer worried that the traditional “sign of peace” could spread germs.
Father Patrick O’Kane suggested that if people are concerned they should just nod and smile at their neighbour.
“Personally I think these fears are misguided but that does not make them any less real,” he said.
“The option we have introduced allows people to nod and smile, rather than shake hands, so people will not feel rejected by not having their gesture recognised.”
No further comment, I think.