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Germs discovered in Holy Water

Friday, September 1st, 2017 | World News

Most Catholics are crucified by entering the church with holy water. However, this is often far from pure – especially in city churches.

Water contains thousands of germs per milliliter, as measurements show. "Even if the water in holy water basins no longer has drinking water quality, there is no danger with external application to injured skin," the University of Furtwangen (Baden-Württemberg) said.

Researchers had examined 54 holy water samples from a total of five churches from Villingen-Schwenningen and the surrounding area. They published their results in the journal "Journal of Water and Health". According to the German Drinking Water Ordinance, drinking water can not contain more than 100 bacterial germs per milliliter, according to study director Markus Egert. Some pathogens are quite taboo.

  Waterbacteria and staphylococci
The tested holy water from Stadtkirchen was burdened with 1500 to 21,000 germs per milliliter. The village churches came away with stresses close to the drinking water limit better – probably because fewer people their fingers immersed. In addition to water bacteria, bacteria of the skin flora have been found, in particular potentially pathogenic staphylococci.

The researchers' survey is based on relatively few samples. But it does not assume that it is much better elsewhere, it was said. The researchers recommend to the churches, among other things, the regular exchange of consecrated water.


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