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Dr. Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

Catholic bioethics center praises Wisconsin bishops for respecting conscience on vaccine mandates

Aug 24, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Monday praised the bishops of Wisconsin for their statement upholding the right to refuse... Read more

Official Portrait of Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki in 2021.

Wisconsin bishops encourage vaccination while affirming conscience rights 

Aug 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The five bishops of Wisconsin on Friday issued a message encouraging vaccination against COVID-19, while maintaining that people ought not... Read more


Mexico City archdiocese encourages COVID vaccination

Aug 23, 2021

By David Ramos

The Archdiocese of Mexico called Sunday on the faithful voluntarily to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but is currently not considering... Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup greets parishioners following Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Gallup.

Bishop Wall encourages COVID-19 vaccination, while opposing state mandates

Aug 18, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico released a letter Wednesday reiterating that COVID-19 vaccines can be taken by Catholics... Read more

Pope Francis shares a video message about COVID-19 vaccines.

Pope Francis, Ad Council collaborate to promote COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas

Aug 17, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Pope Francis worked in collaboration with the Ad Council to produce a public service announcement promoting COVID-19 vaccines. The PSA... Read more

NCBC: Church teaching calls for respect of both common good and conscience with vaccine mandates

Aug 17, 2021

By Autumn Jones, Joe Bukuras

The National Catholic Bioethics Center on Tuesday recalled that its guidance on vaccination against the coronavirus is drawn from the... Read more

Bishop Mark Seitz. File photo.

El Paso bishop requires vaccination for Catholic church employees, ministers

Aug 13, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Citing the need for the Catholic Church to “lead by example” and to act responsibly to protect others during the... Read more

St. John's Seminary, Boston

Catholic seminaries requiring vaccines, with exemptions, for fall semester

Aug 11, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic seminaries in the northeast are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for their seminarians before the coming semester begins.  Read more

40 Days for Life in Mexico says its volunteers are free to get vaccinated against Covid or not

Aug 7, 2021

By David Ramos

40 Days for Life In Mexico said Wednesday that "regarding the issue of vaccines, each of the volunteers and people... Read more

Bishops in Colorado back conscientious exemption for coronavirus vaccines

Aug 6, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic bishops in Colorado have emphasized the need to respect those with conscientious objections to the COVID-19 vaccines and... Read more

Coronavirus vaccine, stock image.

Bioethicist: There must be conscience exemptions to vaccine mandates

Aug 4, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As workplaces have begun to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, some Catholic institutions insist that conscience exemptions are necessary. In... Read more

NY archdiocese warns priests not to grant religious vaccine exemptions

Aug 2, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The Archdiocese of New York has instructed priests not to grant religious exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, saying that do so... Read more

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks South Korea’s bishops for $1M COVID-19 vaccine donation

Jul 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope praised the ‘gesture of Christian charity, which really touched me.’ Read more

Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

Jul 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a... Read more

The flag of Slovakia, pictured in the country’s capital, Bratislava.

Only the fully vaccinated can meet Pope Francis in Slovakia, says health minister

Jul 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will visit four cities in Slovakia on Sept. 12-15. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference, pictured Jan. 15, 2018.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader: The Church supports those opting for COVID-19 vaccine

Jul 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Gądecki said vaccination was “an important tool.” Read more

Joe Biden. Credit: Drop of light / Shutterstock

Leading US bishops praise Biden's global vaccine pledge

Jun 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Leading U.S. bishops on Wednesday praised President Joe Biden for pledging 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, and urged... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis calls for suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents in ‘Vax Live’ concert video

May 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable,” the pope said. Read more

Connecticut legislature considers ending religious exemptions for vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

The Connecticut House of Representatives has advanced a bill to end the religious exemption from childhood vaccine requirements, beginning in... Read more

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How Catholics can speak up for more ethical vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

“While numerous ecclesial and moral authorities have indicated that Catholics may morally justify receiving these vaccines, a concern is that... Read more