“One must not force anyone to vaccinate, that is quite clear. But one should appeal to the conscience,” Archbishop Gänswein commented.
“Motivated by his great desire to contribute to the European project from a Catholic perspective, since his arrival in Brussels, Archbishop Giordano dedicated every moment to develop human and diplomatic ties.”
In an interview with the Register, the German cardinal also warned against bishops and priests who ‘offer themselves as courtiers to the rulers of this world and make themselves their propagandists.’
More than 84% of the population in the Netherlands is fully vaccinated and a total of 587 people with COVID-19 are currently in hospital intensive care units, according to the Dutch government dashboard.
The announcement came after the Italian government unveiled further COVID-19 restrictions entering into force on Dec. 6.
Starting Dec. 6, unvaccinated Italians will be barred from a broad range of public venues.
Only California has required children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend school.
The livestreamed Mass, celebrated on Nov. 4, was offered for 17 cardinals and 191 bishops and archbishops who died between Nov. 7, 2020, and Oct. 25, 2021.