Many faith leaders wary of religious exemptions for vaccine

  • Pope Francis delivers the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Feb. 6. Although some Americans have been seeking religious exemptions in order to circumvent COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Francis has defended the vaccines as “the most reasonable solution to the pandemic.” (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

By the thousands, Americans have been seeking religious exemptions in order to circumvent COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but generally they are doing so without the encouragement of major denominations and prominent religious leaders.