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Vatican Archbishop to Bring Pope Francis’ Take on Being Pro-life to the United States

While his U.S. visit is not aimed at quelling criticism for its COVID-19 policies, neither is Paglia shy about asserting the Vatican’s views. Asked about American prelates, such as Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland, who have been openly critical of vaccines, Paglia called for an examination of conscience.

“Everyone must place themselves before God, before the pope, and make their own choice. It’s not for me to judge,” he said, but added that the Vatican and the academy have been clear: Vaccination is a show of responsibility toward oneself and toward others, and Francis has described getting jabbed as “an act of love.”

According to academy spokesperson Fabrizio Mastrofini, Paglia is not afraid of countering criticism from American conservatives. “I think that one must hope, even against all hope,” he said, adding that “what may seem impossible to people is possible to God.”

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This article originally appeared on ReligionNews.com.