Vatican Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines [Full Text]…

The question of the use of vaccines, in general, is often at the center of controversy in the forum of public opinion. In recent months, this Congregation has received several requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, which, in the course of research and production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century…

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Vatican issues statement, says COVID-19 vaccines are ‘morally acceptable’ when no alternatives are available…

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is “morally acceptable” to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced using cell lines from aborted fetuses when no alternative is available. In a note issued Dec. 21, the CDF said that in countries where vaccines without ethical problems…

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Family Christmas at Ark Village in Kazakhstan

“The Christmas we will experience at the Ark Village will be more intimate and more family-friendly than usual. In past years, the month of December represented a very eventful period, because many benefactors and friends came to visit and support us. This year, due to the Covid-19 containment measures, which mainly concern structures frequented by children, everything takes place in a restricted manner, with few and short accesses granted to outside guests. However, this does not decrease people’s generosity. We are currently receiving a great deal of aid”.

This is what Fr. Guido Trezzani, Director of Caritas Kazakhstan and missionary in the “Ark Village” reception community in Talgar, near Almaty, tells Fides News Agency.

The guests of the Village, explains the missionary, continue to benefit from distance learning courses, in the midst of many difficulties: “The poor quality of resources, the technical problems and the technological unpreparedness of the teachers are making these months of distance learning very difficult. We continue, therefore, to seek alternative forms of teaching, in order to provide both our people and potential external participants with alternative content to those provided by the school. Another problem linked to distance learning is not only learning that worsens but also the human and social factor. Our young people are surely less affected than the others because they have the possibility of socializing among themselves, but each one has personal friends in their own classes and this lack is felt”.

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Was Homonhon Site of First Mass in Philippines?

It remains an ‘academic discussion’ whether or not the “first Mass in the Philippines” took place on Homonhon Island off Eastern Samar province, a government agency said.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines said it has refrained from using the “trivial and debatable phrase” so as not to preempt other claims on the historic Mass, reported CBCP News.

“This not to preempt the possible Christian celebration conducted in the Philippine territory prior to the one in Limasawa, such as this claim in Homonhon,” said NHCP chair Rene Escalante.

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A Joint Christmas Message from the Archbishops of Armagh – Archbishop Eamon Martin & Archbishop John McDowell

There is an old prayer sometimes used around this time of year which talks about the time when Jesus Christ “came to visit us in great humility”. In one of Saint Paul’s letters, he talks about “Jesus not counting his equality with God something to be taken advantage of but taking the form of a servant …”

Could one of the positive consequences of this Christmas be that we have had to relearn how to approach it with humility and also how to celebrate it as servants of one another, rather than as lords of all we survey? For that is what we have been doing these past months. The face coverings and the empty streets have not been signs of fear and desolation. Instead, they are evidence of love and of a resolve to secure the future.

They say that Saint Francis created the first Christmas crib back in 1223 because he wanted to capture the humility of the incarnation.  When the time was right God humbled himself. He became part of his own creation in a particular way and in a particular place. His Mother was one of the “poor ones” who prayed daily in the Temple for the redemption of Israel. Palestine was an out of the way place and the “Holy Family” of Jesus, Mary and Joseph attracted little attention at the time. That was to be the pattern of his life. He ate his bread in quietness for thirty years, working at his father’s trade as the means whereby he was prepared by his Father for the public vocation had been laid out for him. Apart from the occasion of his finding in the temple, we have no words of his as he grew up in that workman’s family – perhaps he came to speak with such power because he had learned to love silence.

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