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Vaccine hoarding, or pandemic prudence? The ethics of holding onto not-yet-approved vaccines

Mar 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As the Biden administration refuses to send unused doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, ethicists discussed Catholic... Read more

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Theologian: Catholics must also consider the 'justice' of COVID-19 vaccine

Mar 12, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Catholic bishops and prominent theologians and ethicists say that although there is not an obligation to receive a COVID vaccine,... Read more

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Canada's bishops: Choose Covid vaccines with least connection to abortion, when possible

Mar 11, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Canada wrote this week on whether certain COVID-19 vaccines are morally preferable for Catholics, if given... Read more

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Bishops across US issue split messages on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine

Mar 4, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishops across the United States have weighed in with varied guidance for their flocks amid renewed debate over the morality... Read more

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Cardinal says Vatican employees could lose jobs for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

Feb 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to... Read more

YouTube’s permanent ban on LifeSiteNews prompts censorship concerns

Feb 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

YouTube has banned the pro-life group LifeSiteNews for alleged misinformation about COVID-19, prompting concerns about censorship and free debate. Read more

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Dominican priest, microbiologist affirms moral liceity of COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Dominican priest and biology professor has on social media encouraged people to receive a coronavirus vaccine, emphasizing his trust... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Benedict XVI to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available, his personal secretary said Tuesday. Read more

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Pope Francis: We need unity in the Catholic Church, society, and nations

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience via livestream June 17, 2020.

Pope Francis 'astonished' by disruption at US Capitol

Jan 9, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said he was surprised by the news of the incursion of pro-Donald Trump protestors into the U.S.... Read more

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Vatican City set to launch COVID-19 vaccinations this month

Jan 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Coronavirus vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Vatican City next week, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.  Read more

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Vatican COVID-19 commission promotes vaccine access for the vulnerable

Dec 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas.

Archbishop Naumann: COVID-19 vaccine morally licit, but not obligatory for Catholics

Dec 22, 2020

By CNA Staff

Catholics are not morally obliged to take the coronavirus vaccine and should appeal to the Holy Spirit for wisdom, Archbishop... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican says COVID-19 vaccines ‘morally acceptable’ when no alternatives are available

Dec 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is “morally acceptable” to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced... Read more

Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville delivers the St. Thomas Day Lecture at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paul, Calif., Jan. 28, 2019. Photo courtesy of TAC.

Bishop Flores affirms COVID vaccines are 'morally permissible'

Dec 16, 2020

In a December 8 letter to his diocese, Bishop Daniel Flores said that he wants “to assure Catholics that it... Read more

A pilgrim from Russia wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 6, 2020.

Vatican City to start coronavirus vaccinations in January

Dec 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Vatican City will begin to offer coronavirus vaccinations in January, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.   Read more

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Catholic US bishops approve use of COVID-19 vaccines with 'remote connection' to abortion

Dec 14, 2020

By CNA Staff

The United States bishops' conference has said that Catholics can take two of the three available COVID-19 vaccines, even though... Read more

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Vatican diplomat: COVID-19 vaccines must be accessible to all

Dec 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican diplomat has called for a coordinated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines which ensures that the poor are not left... Read more

English bishops say AstraZeneca’s vaccine may be received without sin

Dec 5, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine developed from cell-lines originating from the cells of an unborn child who was aborted in 1983 can... Read more

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Pro-life research group rates ‘encouraging’ COVID vaccine development

Dec 4, 2020

A pro-life research group has clarified which of the leading COVID vaccine candidates in the United States have not used... Read more