Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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Last week, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI both received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as reported by the Vatican. The popes had both expressed their intentions of receiving the vaccine as soon as it was available. In this Crux article, it is reported that Pope Benedict has been following the news "on television, and he shares our concerns about the pandemic, about what is happening in the world, about the many people who have lost their life because of the virus." The article also states that Pope Benedict has personally known several people who have perished due to COVID-19. Read the full article here.

In addition to the two popes and members of Vatican staff receiving vaccinations, the Vatican reports that Pope Francis has made it a priority to ensure that homeless persons who receive assistance from the Holy See be offered the possibility of being vaccinated against Covid-19. Read more here.
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January 25, 2021 - 8:40am
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