Pope Francis on Health Care



Coronavirus vaccine morally ok even if from fetal research

Italy is set to deliver the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine [this week. As in other countries, health care workers and nursing home residents will be first to receive it. Seniors and others at high risk of exposure would be next.

The Vatican earlier this month said the use of coronavirus vaccines is "morally acceptable," even if some vaccines are manufactured using "cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process."

Francis, who turned 84 earlier this month, urged that everyone who needs a vaccine have access to it. "I cannot place myself ahead of others, letting the law of the marketplace and patents take precedence over the law of love and the health of humanity," Francis said. "I ask everyone-- government leaders, businesses, international organizations--to foster cooperation and not competition, and to seek a solution for everyone: vaccines for all, especially for the most vulnerable and needy of all regions of the planet."

Source: National Public Radio on "Urbi et Orbi" , Dec 25, 2020

No vaccine nationalism: coronavirus vaccines for all

Francis delivered his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern inside the Vatican. The pandemic and its social and economic effects dominated the message. Stressing that health is an international issue, he appeared to criticise so-called 'vaccine nationalism', which U.N. officials fear will worsen the pandemic if poor nations receive the vaccine last.

"I beg everyone, heads of state, companies and international organisations to promote cooperation and not competition, to find a solution for everyone--vaccines for all--especially for the most vulnerable and needy in all areas of the planet," he said.

Francis also appeared to criticise people who have refused to wear masks because it violates their freedom: "And neither can we allow the virus of radical individualism to triumph over us and make us indifferent to the suffering of other brothers and sisters," he said.

Source: Reuters on yahoo.com, "Urbi et Orbi" , Dec 25, 2020

COVID: Midnight Mass at 7:30 to comply with curfew

Pope Francis will celebrate Midnight Mass earlier than usual to comply with Italy's anti-coronavirus curfew and will deliver his Christmas Day blessing indoors to prevent crowds from forming in St. Peter's Square. The Vatican on Thursday released the pope's COVID-19 Christmas liturgical schedule. It said the pope's Dec. 24 Mass--which for years hasn't been celebrated at midnight at all but at 9:30 p.m. to spare pontiffs from the late hour--would begin at 7:30 p.m. this year.
Source: Omaha World-Herald on COVID midnight mass , Dec 10, 2020

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