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Did the Vatican really issue a vaccine mandate? Did a Canadian archdiocese?

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the governorate of Vatican City, instituted on Monday a new set of public health regulations for the city-state, in response to the coronavirus.

The announcement has been widely pitched as a vaccine “mandate” in media reports, especially since it comes amid public debate about similar measures adopted by Catholic dioceses in North America, and about the freedom of conscience for Catholics who want to refuse vaccination.

But does the Vatican order require vaccines for everyone? What are the exemptions, and what is the context?

The Pillar explains:

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