Klerksdorp, 18 November, 2021 / 3:04 pm (ACI Africa).
Protecting one's neighbor from sickness through getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an act of charity, the Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has said.
In his Wednesday, November 17 message, Bishop Victor Phalana makes reference to the Holy Father who, in August, described getting vaccinated against COVID-19 “an act of love” and asserts that those who choose not to be vaccinated endanger the lives of others.
“Pope Francis says that vaccinating is an act of charity. When a person chooses not to be vaccinated, they are risking the lives of their families and endangering the lives of all they encounter,” Bishop Phalana says, and adds, “Ultimately, being vaccinated puts your neighbor’s life first and is for the public good.”
In his call to all people to get vaccinated, the South African Bishop says, “It is not through our own human intelligence that we have vaccines. It is through God's will, God's intervention and the wisdom God has given to our scientists that we have a vaccine for COVID-19.”
The Catholic Church believes and teaches that God uses prayer, sacraments, blessings, faith, nature and medicine to heal people, he further says, adding that a lot of science was invested in the process of developing COVID-19 vaccine but that the process could not have succeeded without prayers.