Published: 3:24 am, Sat. Feb. 15th, 2020Updated: 8:11 am
In this Feb. 10, 2020, photo, Catholic priest Fr. Joseph Arellano, right, looks at a man who forgot to take off his protective mask and tried to insert the host in his mouth during communion at a mass at the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz in Manila’s Chinatown, Philippines. In a popular Catholic church in Manila, nearly half of the pews were empty for Sunday Mass. The few hundred worshippers who showed up, some in protective masks, have been asked to refrain from shaking or holding hands in prayers. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a story February 15, 2020, about how the new virus has affected worship in Asia, The Associated Press erroneously reported that in the Catholic faith, the Eucharist symbolizes the body of Jesus Christ. Catholics believe that the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist sacrament are the literal, not the symbolic, body and blood of Christ.