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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – It has emerged that Pope Francis secretly met with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in two officially unconfirmed meetings during 2021.

Writing in the National Catholic Register, Vatican journalist Edward Pentin broke the news that in 2021 Pope Francis met twice with Bourla, the CEO and chairman of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The meetings took place at the Vatican in a circumstance Pentin likened to Pope Francis’ secret 2019 meeting with Melinda Gates.

The revelation is perhaps no great surprise, given that the Vatican exclusively administers (and now mandates) Pfizer’s abortion-tainted COVID-19 injection for employees, and Pope Francis has been one of the foremost promoters of COVID shots. 

Pentin wrote that the meetings were confirmed by “Vatican sources” as the meetings were not included in the Vatican’s daily announcements, noting also that the topics discussed were still a mystery.

LifeSiteNews contacted both the Vatican’s press office and Pfizer for further comment on the meetings, but as yet has received no reply. When Pentin queried Pfizer about the meetings, he was told: “We can’t confirm or deny as, per our policy, the movements of our executives are considered confidential.”

The Holy See Press Office “did not respond to repeated requests to confirm the meetings,” Pentin added.

U.K. author and catechist Deacon Nick Donnelly commented that the revelations explained Pope Francis’ persistent promotion of the COVID-19 injections.

Pfizer and Pope Francis’ Vatican

Pfizer has developed a close link with the Vatican since its abortion-tainted injections have been in use there since January 2021, when Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were among the first in the sovereign state to receive one of the injections. At the time, head of the Vatican health service Dr. Andrea Arcangeli suggested the Vatican would initially be using the Pfizer vaccine, but that others would be administered subject to approval. 

However, the Vatican’s agreement with Pfizer is to only offer the Big Pharma’s injection to employees and residents. 

Bourla later made a public appearance at the Vatican in May 2021, joining a host of abortion supporters at the Vatican’s fifth International Health Conference on “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul.” 

Taking the virtual stage with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, Bourla’s discussion dealt with: “The global response to COVID-19 has been accelerated by collaboration in data sharing, research, and epidemiological surveillance. As we re-examine our global health architecture, how do we improve future rapid response and build on lessons learned around preparedness, new vaccine development and distribution and, importantly, prevention?” 

Pope Francis gave a private address to the members of the conference. It is not known whether one of his meetings with Bourla occurred at this time. 

Pfizer’s production of abortion pills, along with its production of a COVID-19 injection involving tests using the HEK 293 cell line – derived from kidney tissue taken from a healthy baby who was aborted in the Netherlands in the 1970s – has not seemed to deter the Pontiff from meeting with Bourla. 

The link between the Vatican, which solely uses Pfizer’s jab, has been further strengthened as the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, recently mandated a COVID jab for Vatican employees and visitors, removing the option to test “negative” for the virus, and allowing only proof of recovery from the virus as an alternative to the injection. 

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Please SIGN this critical petition which urges the Catholic Church to demand that Big Pharma develop, produce and distribute ethical (non-abortion tainted) COVID vaccines for Catholics...and, anyone else who feels morally obliged to refuse abortion-tainted vaccines!

Over the past 10 months, the Catholic Church's teaching office (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - CDF) has quietly directed the Catholic faithful to protest against the use of aborted babies in the production or testing of available COVID vaccines in the West -- all of which use aborted fetal cell lines in either their development or testing phase.

Sadly, this direction has been so quiet that almost no-one knows about it.

At the same time, however, the Pope (see below), along with many other senior prelates, has been loudly promoting the uptake of these same unethically-produced vaccines amongst the Catholic faithful with only a whisper of protest.

It's clear that there is a major disconnect in the Church between word and action on this major moral issue.

But, instead of being a follower, the Church should be a leader in this area -- demanding the development of ethical vaccines (and, other ethically-developed products) for Catholics.**

In fact, there are already Catholic scientists, like Dr. Alan Moy, who are working with adult stem cells to help achieve ethical alternatives, but they have received "very little interest" from the Church, to-date.

And, to be fair, some individual bishops, like Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, Canada, have vocally supported non-abortion tainted vaccines, with Archbishop Miller going so far as to donate towards ethical research.

But, it's time to try again and ask Church leaders in the Vatican and its US counterpart, the USCCB (the Catholic bishops' conference in the United States), to be fully consistent in word and deed on the issue of aborted fetal cell lines used to produce vaccines.

Jews have kosher foods and Muslims have halal foods. And, people from both traditions demand such foods - and, their demands are respected. As an example, please click and scroll down here to see all of the halal certificates which McDonald's needs to operate in Saudi Arabia.

So, certainly the Catholic Church could and should loudly demand that pharmaceutical companies develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics.

Indeed, the Church could and should ask the faithful to loudly demand ethical vaccines from Big Pharma (by providing phone numbers and email addresses, for example). And, or, the Church could and should commit to sponsoring the development of pro-life pharmaceuticals.

It should be noted here that the Catholic Church teaches that there is NO moral obligation, whatsoever, to accept a vaccine.

But, regrettably, for those who wish to take an ethically-produced COVID vaccine, even the Church's direction is hard to understand, precisely because it is contradictory.

On the one hand, the CDF says that acceptance of an abortion-tainted vaccine constitutes passive/remote material cooperation in the evil of abortion.

On the other hand the CDF also says that the acceptance of abortion-tainted vaccine is morally permissible when no ethically developed and tested vaccine is available.

At the same, however, the CDF paradoxically says that those who accept an unethical vaccine have the moral obligation to protest against it.

But then...there's the recent video of Pope Francis and other senior bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals promoting the COVID vaccines, without protesting against their gravely immoral development and testing, nor calling on Big Pharma to produce an ethical alternative.

So, where the current slate of COVID vaccines is concerned, the Church is apparently saying that you can cooperate with evil if some good may result...if you have no ethical alternative...but, you have to protest the evil...while participating in it.

And, well, the very people who are telling us to protest the unethical vaccines are, themselves, actually promoting them as, "an act of love."

That's confusing!

This kind of contradiction - saying one thing and doing another - is unacceptable because it assumes as normal the situation where only unethical vaccines are available for Catholics.

We are asking the Church to stop this seeming servility towards Big Pharma, and start a loud and active campaign promoting the development and production of ethical vaccines.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging Pope Francis and other Vatican authorities, as well as USCCB authorities, to loudly demand that Big Pharma develop and produce ethical vaccines for Catholics, untainted by abortion.

Thank you!


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**Actually, to be fully consistent with the Church's teaching on this issue, the Catholic Church should demand that Catholics be offered an "ethical" choice for every major product, from food to cosmetics, from to clothing to medicine, and beyond.

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A mandate has been in place for some time in the Vatican for certain employees, resulting in three Swiss Guards being sent home to Switzerland after they refused to comply with the mandated shot. 

In comments to the National Catholic Register about his most recent mandate, Cardinal Parolin echoed the language of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and defended Pfizer’s jab from those concerned about its connection to abortion. 

He acknowledged that cell lines from an aborted baby were used “in the preliminary stages of vaccine testing in the laboratory,” but rejected any moral objection to the shot on this basis. “Therefore, it seems that not wanting to undergo vaccination with this motivation cannot be justified, since the vaccine that is currently used is precisely the Pfizer that uses the mRNA method,” Parolin stated. 

Bourla and Francis consistently pushing COVID shots

At the time of the May 2021 conference, Pfizer was hailed for creating an “effective” injection against COVID-19, and Bourla spoke of the many potential applications of the mRNA technology.

In April 2021, he had even claimed the injection was “100%” effective against the CDC’s definition of “severe” COVID-19. 

However, only days ago, Bourla backtracked on the claimed efficacy of his company’s jab. “We know that the two doses of the vaccine offer very limited protection, if any,” said Bourla in an interview with Yahoo! Finance.

Bourla instead pushed the booster jab, saying “three doses with a booster, they offer reasonable protection against hospitalization and deaths – against deaths, I think, very good, and less protection against infection.” 

Speaking to the BBC in December, Bourla pushed for normalizing COVID shots, suggesting that they could be part of normal life for “years to come.”

Pope Francis has also regularly pushed for people to take the COVID shots, with his rhetoric becoming even stronger in recent days when he spoke of the “moral obligation” of taking the abortion-tainted injections. In August 2021, Francis notably joined a number of cardinals in issuing a public service announcement video, saying the shots bring “hope” of an end to the pandemic and called receiving the vaccine “an act of love.”