Pope Francis: Refusal to get COVID-19 vaccine is suicidal

This week, Pope Francis stated that he will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the revered cleric, the vaccine is a lifesaving and ethical obligation; failure to do it will be considered as suicidal. He made these statements in an Italian television news program.

In addition, he also commented on the invasion of the U.S. Capitol. He said that he was surprised by the incident and he strongly criticizes it. The TG5 Vatican reporter, Fabio Luca Marchese Ragona, who conducted the interview, released a copy of the statements by the Pope on the vaccination. Below is an excerpt of his statement.

"It's an ethical choice, because you are playing with health, life, but you are also playing with the lives of others," Francis told the station. "I've signed up. One must do it."

The Pope was also credited to have asked why some persons are skeptical about the vaccine. He wondered why there are negative comments about what doctors have confirmed has no danger to those taking it.

"There is a suicidal denial that I wouldn't know how to explain,” he added.

Furthermore, the Vatican admitted that some prelates and cardinals have been infected with the virus although they have been maintaining the necessary precautions.

More so, the virus has compelled Pope Francis to stay at home in most parts of last year. The Vatican has also limited his travels. He admitted that COVID-19 has not only changed the lives of individuals but also the church.

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