The Vatican City State said Tuesday that it would soon begin requiring all employees — including the highest members of the Catholic Church — to show proof of vaccination or of a recent negative coronavirus test. Those without the proper certificates, the Vatican said, will be considered “unjustly absent” — and will be paid no salary.
Though the measures apply to a relatively small number of people, the firm stance also amounts to a symbolic message for Catholics across the world, some of whom have debated the question of vaccination exemptions on religious grounds.
In this case, the Vatican is not yet providing any exemptions, though it said the issue would be assessed by the Secretariat of State, with input from the city-state’s health department. The new rules go into force Oct. 1. Pope Francis, who was vaccinated this year, has made it clear that he thinks that vaccination is a moral duty.
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Pope Francis just closed the doors to the Vatican for those who without the vaccine passport.
I remember in the Bible when Jesus turned away the people who didn’t have a leprosy vaccine…
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