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Vatican demands COVID vaccination “green pass” to enter



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The Vatican announced Monday that after October 1st, visitors will have to prove COVID vaccination status via a “green pass.” This rule also applies to personnel within the state.

However, they will make an exception for those traveling there for a liturgical celebration. For instance, visitors will not need a green pass during the rites involved for Easter, Christmas, Lent, etc. But, the Vatican will only open its doors for the time strictly necessary for the rite. Then, they will require personal protective equipment and social distancing.

Similarly, Italy, the country surrounding The Holy See, requires a green pass to work. Other mandates are being teased throughout Europe.

Previously, the Vatican has declared that vaccines should remain “voluntary.” However, Pope Francis said “ethically everyone should take the vaccine.” Further, he said, refusing the vaccine manifests “suicidal denialism.”

Meanwhile, Catholic parishes with thousands of congregants freely attend worship services. For example, Our Lady of Aparecida opened an even bigger building for worship this weekend in Bethel, Conneticut.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands



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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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