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Old 2021-09-15, 16:09   #1440
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Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals
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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn't understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying "humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines," and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them.

"Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some negationists," Francis said Wednesday, en route home from Slovakia.

He noted that one of them, "poor guy," had been hospitalized with the virus. That was an apparent reference to U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was hospitalized in the U.S. and placed on a ventilator last month after contracting the virus.
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Significantly, Francis didn't cite the religious objection used by some who refuse the vaccines. Some conservatives have refused to get the shots citing the remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses.

The Vatican's doctrine office has said it is "morally acceptable" for Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses. Francis has said it would be "suicide" not to get the jab and both Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech shots.
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