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Catholics and COVID-19 Vaccines

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

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Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican to vaccinate 1,200 people in need during Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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

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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USCCB: Moderna's and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccines ethically preferable to Johnson & Johnson's

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday reiterated the Vatican’s teaching on COVID-19 vaccines produced with the help... Read more

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New Orleans archdiocese: Catholics should seek ethical alternatives to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Archdiocese of New Orleans says that the recently-approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is “morally compromised,” and advises Catholics... Read more

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Elderly religious overlooked in Belgium’s early COVID-19 vaccination programs

A body representing religious men and women has questioned the exclusion of elderly religious from the early stages of coronavirus... Read more

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Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution

Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it... Read more

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

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

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

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have both received their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a... Read more

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican begins vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19

The Vatican began on Wednesday vaccinating homeless people in its care against COVID-19.  Read more

Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, the former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Gblobato via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week

In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Read more

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

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Vatican confirmed on... Read more

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Vatican City begins administering first doses of coronavirus vaccine

Vatican City State began administering the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.  Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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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Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics

Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it... Read more