Pope Francis said “No” to gluten free bread for Holy Communion

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.07.10
Pope Francis said “No” to gluten free bread for Holy Communion
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Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist. This is what we can read in a Circular letter wrote, at the request of Pope Francis, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to Diocesan Bishops to remind them that it falls to them above all to duly provide for all that is required for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In the document, referring to people with celiac disease or any other particular intolerance, we can also read: “Low-gluten hosts (partially gluten-free) are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.

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