Starting Oct. 1, people wishing to enter Vatican City will have to show a pass proving they have been vaccinated, recovered from the coronavirus, or tested negative for the virus within 72 hours, Catholic News Agency (CNS) reported.
All visitors and employees will have to present a Green Pass, or another Covid Certificate issued by either the Vatican or another country proving that they have complied with vaccine mandates.
The decision was announced on Monday, and signed by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, the president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, at the behest of Pope Francis, (whom many Catholics believe is an antipope).
“An exception is made for those who participate in the liturgical celebrations for the time that is strictly necessary to perform the rite,” the document reads. Social distancing, mask mandates and hygiene measures still apply, according to the policy.
In a statement, Francis affirmed the necessity of ensuring “the health and well-being of the working community while respecting the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of each of its members,” and requested the Governorate to “adopt every suitable measure to prevent, control and counteract the health emergency.”
Italy last week became the first European country to make a Covid certificate mandatory for all workers, hoping to avoid another surge in cases as the winter approaches.
On Sept. 17, the Italian government approved an expansion to the Green Pass, making it a requirement for all private and public workplaces beginning Oct. 15.
Employees who do not have the pass could be suspended without pay or be forced to pay a fine of up to roughly $1,800.
Since Aug. 1, Italy has required the vaccine pass to enter certain indoor venues, such as restaurants and museums, and in September the pass also became necessary for travel within the country. The vaccine pass was already required for certain workplaces, such as hospitals and schools.
Tens of thousands of Italians have taken to the streets in recent months to protest the “Green Pass.”
ITALY: Protest against Green Pass in Turin.
PD: tambien dicen fuera Hilo Minatti👁️ pic.twitter.com/guNksSzxQY
— Marbas (@Marbas1984) July 22, 2021
“No Green Pass” 🇮🇹
— James Melville 🌸 (@JamesMelville) August 29, 2021
Things are getting heated here in Milan as tens of thousands protest the green pass.
This is the booth of a pro green pass political party.#nogreenpass #NoVaccinePassportAnywhere #milan #italy pic.twitter.com/CXKLd6Urbb
— World Alternative Media (@WorldAltMedia) August 28, 2021
Amid protests against the "Green Pass", Italy's Prime Minister has now stated that COVID-19 vaccination could be mandatory for all citizens at some point.
Rather than easing the concerns of the protestors, he is doubling down.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) September 2, 2021
— BLessed (@BLoonstra) September 12, 2021
@NewsSpectee 8th consecutive Saturday of protests against the #greenpass, in #Turin like many other Italian cities. Italy is the only country in Europe to require a #greenpass for people to work, attend University, practice sport. Protesters are peaceful, but getting angry pic.twitter.com/Jh3hqBjvDY
— John Locke (@moussedisalmone) September 18, 2021
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The Vatican’s mandate was signed Sept. 18, the day after Italy’s government expanded its vaccination mandate to the public and private sectors.
Vatican gendarmes will be responsible for checking vaccine passes at entrances to Vatican territory, according to the ordinance.
The order says Pope Francis, in a Sept. 7 meeting with Vatican City President Bertello, “affirmed that it is necessary to ensure the health and wellness of the work Community in respect of the dignity, rights, and fundamental liberty of every member.”
From Oct. 1, it will be required to have the Green Pass to enter St. Peter’s Basilica as a tourist.
In Italy, many historic Catholic churches which charge tourists ticket fares to enter had already required the Green Pass.
Since August, proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test has been required for tourists who wish to visit the Duomo in Florence, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and many of Italy’s most famous Catholic cathedrals.
Among the hundreds of churches in Rome, only the Pantheon has required the Green Pass for tourists. And the Pantheon, which was transformed into the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres in the 7th century, does not require the pass for entrance to its Masses.
Italy has a fairly high vaccination rate, with 73.8% of Italians fully vaccinated against the virus, according to data from the European Centre for Disease and Control.
The implementation of draconian vaccine passports across the globe comes as evidence pours in that the vaccines are hurting more people than they’re helping.
On September 17, the Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee met to debate and vote on Pfizer and BioNTech’s application to offer booster shots to the general public.
The meeting lasted over eight hours and resulted in a decision to recommend booster shots only in people over age 65, or those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
During the meeting, Steve Kirsch, Executive Director of the Covid-19 Early Treatment Fund, argued that the Covid-19 vaccines are actually killing more people than they are saving.
“We were led to believe that the vaccines were perfectly safe but this is simply not true, for example there are four times as many heart attacks in the treatment group in the Pfizer 6 month file report. That wasn’t just bad luck. VAERS shows heart attacks happen 71 times more often following these vaccines compared to any other vaccine,” Kirsch said.
I Misspoke In A Previous Tweet & Said This Guy Was A FDA Panel Member…
He Is Not FDA… But What He Said Should Be Heard…
— Covid-1984 (@NeverSleever) September 19, 2021
The Latest VAERS Data Has Been Published…
VAERS = Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System… pic.twitter.com/RVoFVcJ6DM
— Covid-1984 (@NeverSleever) September 18, 2021
Dr. Jessica Rose, a viral immunologist, testified that there has been a 1000 percent spike in adverse reactions reported to the VAERS database in 2021. According to a major study, only a very small percentage of adverse events get reported to the database.
BOMBSHELL Info During Todays FDA Vax Meeting
Dr Rose States Based on The VAERS Data… The Risks Far Outweigh The Benefits Especially For Children
Over A 1000% Increase In Adverse Events In 2021!
Questions If The Shots Are Driving The Variants
Clear Failure of These Products pic.twitter.com/ju7WV1Fk2j
— Covid-1984 (@NeverSleever) September 17, 2021
A video of the entire meeting can be viewed here.