RNS Updated Budget — Friday, March 13, 2020

NEWS STORY
RNS-CORONAVIRUS-ROUNDUP:   Coronavirus shutdowns disrupts America’s soul, closing houses of worship
 (RNS) — The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted life for faith groups around the US, canceling services and jeopardizing faith group gatherings. By Bob Smietana, Claire Giangrave, Alejandra Molina, Jack Jenkins. 1,100 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-PiusXII-Photos: A gift of photos from a papal coronation opens a path for Jewish-Catholic healing
CARY, N.C. (RNS) — Just as the Vatican was announcing plans to open its archives into the wartime record of Pope Pius XII, the pontiff accused of not doing enough to save the Jews, Howard Shulman donated dozens of black and white photos of the pope’s 1939 coronation to the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. The photos were shot by Samuel (Sammy) Schulman, a professional photographer from New York City who was Jewish, as is the donor. By Yonat Shimron. 1,350 words. (category: a)

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-Coronavirus-Website: New website offers resources for churches responding to coronavirus
(RNS) — A new website guiding churches and ministry leaders as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic was launched Thursday (March 12) in partnership with Saddleback Church, the Billy Graham Center and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute based at Wheaton College, a Christian institution. By Alejandra Molina. 360 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Coronavirus-Defiant: Some Trump evangelical advisers offer tempered response to coronavirus
(RNS) — As religious groups nationwide take dramatic steps to halt COVID-19, even canceling Sunday services, the response from some evangelical leaders who advise President Donald Trump has been less "batten down the hatches" and more "business as usual." By Jack Jenkins. 700 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Bowron-Oped: Preparing for COVID-19? Add caring for the vulnerable to your coronavirus checklist
(RNS) — If you do get physically involved in caring for someone with the COVID-19 illness, do so carefully and thoughtfully. Here’s how. By Craig Bowron. 862 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Riess-Oped: Dear Mormons, please take coronavirus seriously
(RNS) — Having the Church step in and so clearly take the coronavirus seriously is a significant step in getting Latter-day Saints around the world to pay attention. By Jana Riess. 1,300 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Prior-Oped: Six books to get you through a coronavirus shutdown
(RNS) — If there’s a silver lining to a global pandemic, perhaps it’s having a bit more time on our hands to read. If you don’t know where to start, here are six classic and contemporary novels that offer a helpful perspective on the state we find ourselves in — and are terrific reads. By Karen Swallow Prior. 728 words. (category: k)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Feldhahn-Oped: Christian love in a time of coronavirus
(RNS) — This is the time for the body of Christ to be a voice of faith instead of fear — and a source of practical help. By Shaunti Feldhahn. 815 words (category: k)