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Inauguran gran exposición sobre la Pasión de Cristo

, 16 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- La Catedral de Valencia acoge desde el pasado miércoles 15 de septiembre, la exposición titulada “Cáliz de la Pasión” que fue inaugurada y bendecida por el Cardenal Antonio Cañizares, Arzobispo de Valencia (España).

Un día como hoy falleció el famoso exorcista Gabriele Amorth

ROMA, 16 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- Un día como hoy, el 16 de septiembre de 2016, falleció a los 91 años el P. Gabriele Amorth, famoso exorcista italiano de la Sociedad de San Pablo.

Hoy es fiesta de San Cornelio y San Cipriano, amigos defensores de la fe

REDACCIÓN CENTRAL, 16 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- Cada 16 de septiembre la Iglesia celebra al Papa San Cornelio (c.180-253) y al Obispo San Cipriano (c. 200-258), dos amigos en el Señor que se opusieron a las herejías y errores de los cristianos de su tiempo, y que entregaron sus vidas en el martirio.

Fieles renuevan “pacto de fidelidad” ante el Señor y la Virgen del Milagro

, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- La Arquidiócesis de Salta (Argentina) celebró con gozo la Fiesta del Milagro este 15 de septiembre, y renovó su “pacto de fidelidad” ante las imágenes del Señor y la Virgen del Milagro.

Sacerdote clama por ayuda para alimentar y alegrar a cientos de niños pobres

, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- El P. Paul Rivas Alfaro, vicario en la parroquia San Conrado en la urbanización Pro en Carabayllo, en la zona norte de Lima (Perú) pidió ayuda para poder sostener cuatro ollas comunes y alegrar con una sorpresa a 300 niños.

Cerca de 200 mil exigen retirar película blasfema que profana imagen de la Virgen María

, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- Cerca de 200 mil personas han firmado una campaña en línea para detener la distribución de la película blasfema “Benedetta”, que muestra a una monja lesbiana que junto a su pareja profanan una imagen de la Virgen María.

Familia misionera en Hungría cuenta cómo ha vivido la visita del Papa Francisco

, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- José María y Amaya viven en Hungría desde el año 2015 con sus 8 hijos. Cuentan cómo han vivido la visita del Papa Francisco y cómo a pesar de haber sufrido un tumor y parálisis facial, dan gracias a Dios por su vida misionera. 

Critican que ONU excluya a Cuba de informe de países que violan derechos humanos

Redacción Central, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- El coordinador nacional del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación (MCL), Eduardo Cardet, calificó de “complicidad con la tiranía” la decisión de la Alta Comisionada de los Derechos Humanos de la ONU, Michelle Bachelet, de excluir a Cuba de su última actualización global sobre los países que violan derechos humanos.

Gobierno de López Obrador pide revisar casos de aborto tras fallos de Suprema Corte

, 15 Sep. 21 (ACI Prensa).- Un órgano del gobierno de Andrés Manuel López Obrador hizo un llamado a “revisar las acusaciones abiertas por el delito de aborto en el país”, tras los fallos a favor de esta práctica de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN).

Paterson bishop: Vaccination exemption for clergy 'will be minimal'

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson. Photo courtesy DeSales Media Group. / null

Paterson, N.J., Sep 15, 2021 / 17:32 pm (CNA).

Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson wrote to clerics of his diocese Tuesday to ‘strongly encourage’ their vaccination against COVID-19. Non-medical exemptions, he said, will be minimal, and there may be discussion of whether non-vaccinated priests ‘can remain in active ministry.”

“As teachers and religious educators must be vaccinated by statewide mandate, our clergy should be vaccinated voluntarily as a good example to others and in solidarity with them,” Bishop Sweeney wrote in a Sept. 14 letter to clergy of Diocese of Paterson.

“If you have not been vaccinated, I strongly encourage you to be vaccinated.”

He characterized his encouragement as “one step short of a mandate.”

“This is an essential time when you must be vaccinated to protect yourself and the health of others,” the bishop wrote. “If you feel that you are unable to be vaccinated, please be in touch with one of [sic] diocesan Vicars General in order to discuss your reasoning with them so that they may consult with me for further discussion on particular individual exemptions and whether a priest who is not vaccinated can remain in active ministry. Exemptions from vaccination for clergy, other than those for legitimate medical reasons, will be minimal.”

Writing on the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Bishop Sweeney noted that “we celebrate the life giving power of the holy cross that was borne by Christ ‘so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life’ (John 3:16). We have often called upon the Lord to heal those whom we love and serve. The emergence of vaccines which helped to quell the progress of this dreaded illness is God sent.”

 

The bishop recalled that Pope Francis has called receiving vaccination “an act of love,” and that most of the diocese’s clerics and their staff have already been vaccinated. 

 

The bishop said that a cleric’s doctor can help him with information on how or where to be vaccinated, and that the Office of Clergy Personnel can be of additional assistance.

In its December 2020 Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated that “vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation” and “therefore, it must be voluntary.” 

It said that “in the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination.”

“Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent,” the congregation wrote.

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington has required COVID-19 vaccines for all diocesan employees, and  Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago is requiring all archdiocesan employees and clergy to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, and will only allow exemptions for medical reasons. 

Bishop Thomas Paprock of Springfield in Illinois recently wrote that “while the Church promotes vaccination as morally acceptable and urges cooperation with public health authorities in promoting the common good, there are matters of personal health and moral conscience involved in vaccines that must be respected. Therefore, vaccine participation must be voluntary and cannot be forced, as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the authority of Pope Francis, indicated last December. While we encourage vaccination, we cannot and will not force vaccination as a condition of employment or the freedom of the faithful to worship in our parishes.”

“The Catholic Church teaches that some persons may have conscientious objections to the taking of the COVID vaccines, and that these conscientious convictions ought to be respected,” Bishop Paprocki added.

The Catholic Medical Association has stated that it “opposes mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment without conscience or religious exemptions.”

The National Catholic Bioethics Center, a think tank that provides guidance on human dignity in health care and medical research, also issued a July 2 statement opposing mandated vaccination with any of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States.