Pope Francis declared today that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus is a ‘moral obligation’ and denounced how people had been swayed by ‘baseless information’ to refuse jabs.
Francis used some of his strongest words yet calling for people to get vaccinated in a speech to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, an annual event in which he takes stock of the world and sets out the Vatican´s foreign policy goals for the year.
Francis, 85, has generally shied away from speaking about vaccination until now, though his COVID-19 advisory body has referred to it as a ‘moral responsibility.’
The Pope had previously termed vaccination as ‘an act of love’ and that refusing to get jabbed was ‘suicidal,’ but today he went a step further, saying that individuals had a responsibility to care for themselves.
‘This translates into respect for the health of those around us. Health care is a moral obligation,’ he asserted.
The Pope also admonished ideological divides and ‘baseless information’ discouraging people from getting vaccinated.
‘Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,’ he said, calling for the adoption of a ‘reality therapy’ to correct this ‘distortion of human reason’.
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Source: Daily Mail