Italian Bishop Giacomo Cirulli of the southern Italian Diocese of Teano-Calvi and Alife-Caiazzo issued a letter with rules intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In that letter, he prohibited unvaccinated in his diocese from distributing the Eucharist.

“I prohibit the distribution of the Eucharist by priests, deacons, religious and lay people who are not vaccinated.”

He also suspended all in person activities in the diocese, whether pastoral, catechetical, or formative.

Cirulli referenced Pope Francis’ ad campaign from August of last year urging people to get vaccinated as “an act of love.”

“With regard to vaccines, let me recall what Pope Francis said: ‘Getting vaccinated … is an act of love. And helping to ensure that the majority of people get vaccinated is an act of love. Love for yourself, love for family and friends, love for all peoples.'”

Cirulli, a medical school graduate, was hospitalized with COVID-19 last November.

He asked all in his diocese to abide by Italy’s new vaccination laws put into place which ban the unvaccinated from restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, sporting events, and public transportation, along with mandatory vaccination for those over the age of 50.

The Vatican themselves recently reaffirmed support for COVID-19 vaccines, too.

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