Pope Francis calls ‘act of love’ to get COVID-19 vaccine

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NEW YORK – Pope Francis and members of the clergy appear in a public service announcement promoting COVID-19 vaccines.

The PSA comes from the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative in cooperation with the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development.

The message of the video is delivered in English, Spanish and Portuguese in order to reach a global audience. PSA reminds people that “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.”

“Thanks to the grace of God and the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19,” Pope Francis said in the public service announcement. “Obtaining the vaccines authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. I pray to God that each of us can make our own little gesture of love, no matter how small, love is always great.

There are six other clergy in the video with Pope Francis, including cardinals and archbishops from North, Central and South America.

The public service announcement comes two days after the announcement Monday that Cardinal Raymond Burch, Archbishop Emeritus of Saint-Louis, is on a ventilator due to COVID-19.

Burke announced to his Twitter followers on August 10 that he had tested positive for the virus.

The 73-year-old man was appointed Archbishop of Saint-Louis in December 2003 and installed in this post in January 2004. He led the Archdiocese until June 2008, when he was transferred to Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church, apart from the Pope.

Pope Francis then withdrew Burke from the apostolic signature in November 2014 and appointed him patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

In March 2020, as the pandemic unfolded in the United States, Cardinal Burke issued a statement calling for churches and places of worship to remain open and appeared to implicate COVID as some kind of punishment.

“Likewise, a person of faith cannot consider the present calamity we find ourselves in without also considering how far our popular culture is from God,” Burke wrote. “She is not only indifferent to his presence among us, but openly rebellious to him and to the good order with which he created us and sustains us in being. “

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