Catholics and COVID-19 Vaccines

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

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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

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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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Vatican tightens COVID-19 rules for offices of Roman Curia

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Parolin issued a decree outlining the new measures. Read more

The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Christmas tree, Dec. 9, 2021.

Vatican reaffirms support for COVID-19 vaccines amid spread of omicron variant

Dec 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

It issued a statement amid global concern about the Omicron variant. Read more

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a Catholic psychiatrist and ethicist, was fired from his post at the University of Califorinia, Irvine, medical school for refusing to be vaccinated.

UC-Irvine fires Catholic ethicist who filed 'natural immunity' challenge to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Dec 22, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a Catholic psychiatrist and medical ethicist who is suing the University of California for denying him a... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone meets with people experiencing homeless at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on November 6, 2021.

After disclosing he hasn't received COVID-19 jab, Cordileone supports pastor who asked him to postpone visit

Dec 15, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Citing the concerns of parishioners, a San Francisco pastor asked Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who recently revealed that he has not... Read more


Gorsuch cites religious liberty as Supreme Court allows New York vaccine mandate

Dec 14, 2021

By Katie Yoder

In a decision that drew a sharply worded dissent by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday... Read more


NY archdiocese waiting to respond to city's private school worker vaccine mandate

Dec 8, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Archdiocese of New York is awaiting formal notification of the city’s mandate that private school teachers be vaccinated against... Read more

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame mandates COVID booster shots for all students

Dec 8, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The University of Notre Dame will require all its students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster in order to attend... Read more


Austria’s Catholic bishops: ‘Temporary’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate permissible as last resort

Dec 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Unvaccinated Austrians could face fines of up to $675 every three months. Read more


Workers in NYC face COVID vaccine mandate, causing 'worry' at some Catholic schools

Dec 6, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic and other private school employees in New York City are speaking out against a city mandate that they been... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI had three COVID-19 vaccine doses ‘out of conviction’

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said: ‘One must not force anyone to vaccinate ... But one should appeal to the conscience.’ Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Amid protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, Cardinal Parolin says Church’s message is clear

Nov 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

A priest blessed the crowd before a ‘No Vax’ march in northern Italy. Read more