Rome Newsroom, Mar 28, 2022 / 06:45 am
The head of a cloistered Benedictine convent in Perugia, central Italy, has said that her community will be closed because the nuns opposed the COVID-19 vaccine.
Speculation about the closure of the Monastery of Santa Caterina has swirled since the news emerged that the Vatican had conducted an apostolic visitation, or inspection. But the local archdiocese told CNA that it knew nothing about the convent’s possible closure.
In an interview with the website Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, the abbess said that the only reason she was given for the closure was that the five resident nuns did not want to be vaccinated.
“Shortly after mid-February, there was the apostolic visit immediately after the report was sent,” said Mother Caterina. “Now we are waiting for the response from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.”