ROME (Reuters) – An Italian inventor has combined faith and ingenuity to come up with a way to keep church traditions alive for the faithful without the fear of contracting swine flu -- an electronic holy water dispenser.
The terracotta dispenser, used in the northern town of Fornaci di Briosco, functions like an automatic soap dispenser in public washrooms -- a churchgoer waves his or her hand under a sensor and the machine spurts out holy water.
"It has been a bit of a novelty. People initially were a bit shocked by this technological innovation but then they welcomed it with great enthusiasm and joy. The members of this parish have got used to it," said Father Pierangelo Motta.
As someone recovering from H1N1 right now, I sympathize. Sort of. But this reminds me of the holy water I received at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City--through a bright orange water pistol. Let's just say the fullness of the sign was not served....
More here. With a picture.