Catholics and COVID-19 Vaccines

What Catholics should know about COVID-19, vaccines, and Catholic ethics. News and updates.

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COVID-19 vaccine mandate for military nears its end

Dec 9, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Republicans in the House of Representatives have secured a compromise with Democrats dropping the vaccine mandate from the nation’s annual... Read more


DC Catholic schools must comply with district's COVID-19 vaccination rules for students 12 and older

Aug 3, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Parents seeking a religious exemption must now provide additional information to support their request. Read more


Bioethicists highlight greater threshold for medical decisions for children

Apr 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

As Moderna asks the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its coronavirus vaccine for children under 6, the National Catholic... Read more

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Will an Italian convent be closed for opposition to COVID-19 vaccines?

Mar 28, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican carried out an inspection of the Monastery of Santa Caterina in Perugia. Read more

Sr. Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC.

The latest on Sister Dede: D.C. has given her a religious exemption from vaccination mandate

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Sister Deirdre Byrne says she can resume her work as a physician and surgeon in Washington, D.C., after officials there... Read more

Sister Deidre Byrne, POSC, MD

D.C. restores Sister Dede's medical license during COVID-19 vaccine legal battle

Mar 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Sister Deirdre Byrne, perhaps better known as “Sister Dede,” says she can temporarily resume her work as a physician and... Read more

Sister Deirdre “Dede” Byrne, POSC.

If this nun-doctor can't get a vaccine religious exemption, who can?

Mar 11, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

If a Roman Catholic nun who is a doctor serving the poor in DC can't get a religious exemption to... Read more


Appeals court: Navy service members requesting religious exemption to COVID vaccine should not be punished

Mar 1, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled to keep a lower court order in place, temporarily preventing the Navy and... Read more

Looking up of Gasson Hall on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Parents, professor vow to keep speaking out against Boston College's booster mandate

Feb 17, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

A petition and telephone campaign by parents and others opposed to Boston College’s COVID-19 booster shot mandate failed to stop... Read more


Medical workers ask Supreme Court to block NY vaccine mandate lacking religious exemption

Feb 15, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A group of healthcare workers once again petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to block New York’s coronavirus vaccine mandate... Read more

Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 7, 2021.

Quebec bishops lament government's COVID vaccine passport for Mass attendance

Feb 9, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Catholic bishops of Quebec, while registering their opposition to the province's imposition of COVID-19 vaccine passports as a requirement... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Catholic Factchecking consortium at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 28, 2022

Pope Francis: Being ‘properly informed’ on COVID-19 vaccines is a ‘human right’

Jan 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Fake news has to be refuted, but individual persons must always be respected,’ he told a Catholic fact-checking group. Read more


Legal group seeks protection for Navy personnel objecting to COVID vaccine on religious grounds

Jan 24, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Christian legal group has filed a class-action lawsuit with the goal of blocking the Navy’s COVID vaccine mandate for... Read more


Judge blocks COVID vaccine mandate for federal employees

Jan 21, 2022

By Kate Olivera

A federal judge on Friday issued a preliminary injunction against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees. Read more

CDC vaccination card

Catholic prep school keeps unvaccinated kids behind plastic barriers at lunch

Jan 20, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The COVID-19 precautions at Boston College High School, which also bar unvaccinated students from playing sports, go beyond those in... Read more

Fr. Peter Williams, pastor of Holy Family parish in Springfield, Vt.

Burlington priest asks parishioners to tell bishop of his pastoral care, mental health

Jan 17, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Father Peter Williams says the Diocese of Burlington is trying to remove him as pastor of his parish because he... Read more

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., pictured on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer: ‘Trust the science’ does not convince those who most need to be convinced

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Brother Guy Consolmagno said the phrase left him ‘puzzled.’ Read more

The Vatican Museums.

New COVID-19 rules for visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See. Read more

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Unvaccinated Catholics asked not to attend Mass by English parish

Jan 6, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The diocese said vaccination status should not be a “barrier” to attending Mass. Read more


Federal judge issues injunction over military COVID vaccine mandate

Jan 4, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration and the Department of Defense over their... Read more