Italian bishop forbids unvaccinated priests from distributing Communion

An Italian bishop has prohibited unvaccinated priests and lay people from distributing Communion as Italy tightens its COVID-19 restrictions.

Jan 14, 2022

Bishop Giacomo Cirulli


By Courtney Mares

An Italian bishop has prohibited unvaccinated priests and lay people from distributing Communion as Italy tightens its COVID-19 restrictions.

Bishop Giacomo Cirulli, of the southern Italian diocese of Teano-Calvi and Alife-Caiazzo, issued a letter on January 8 with new rules to stem the spread of the coronavirus. “

I prohibit the distribution of the Eucharist by priests, deacons, religious and lay people who are not vaccinated,” the bishop wrote.

“With regard to vaccines, let me recall what Pope Francis said: ‘Getting vaccinated … is an act of love. And helping to ensure that the majority of people get vaccinated is an act of love. Love for yourself, love for family and friends, love for all peoples,’” he said.

In the letter, Cirulli also issued the suspension of all in-person pastoral, catechetical and formative activities in his diocese. --CNA

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