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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Survey: Americans concerned too many are seeking religious exemptions to vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — December 9, 2021
(RNS) — Most Americans support the existence of religious exemptions, however.
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Faith advisory board with Trump ties urges religious vaccine exemptions for military

By Jack Jenkins — November 23, 2021
(RNS) — But at least one prominent Trump evangelical adviser did not sign on to the effort, suggesting division on the issue.

Kosovars get COVID vaccine after Friday prayer at mosques

By Associated Press — November 19, 2021
Imams around Kosovo called on the faithful to get the jab while medical teams waited in the mosques’ yards to inoculate them.

What would Maimonides say about Dennis Prager?

By Mark Silk — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 12th-century Jewish scholar would likely have called him a majnūn.

What is the Nation of Islam and why is Marjorie Taylor Greene praising it?

By Paul O'Donnell — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-vaccine conspiracies and rampant populism represent definite parallels between the Georgia congresswoman's agenda and the Nation's.

Unusual secrecy attends Biden’s first meeting with Pope Francis as president

By Jack Jenkins and Claire Giangravé — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The unusually veiled meeting is stoking speculation about whether the two will discuss the incendiary debates going on among the U.S. bishops over the second Catholic U.S. president's abortion stance.

Bill would remove ‘conscience’ as basis for refusing vaccine

By John O'connor — October 28, 2021
Long considered a shield for physicians whose religious beliefs precluded their performing abortions, the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act has become a pandemic lightning rod.

It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed

By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.

Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — More than 90% of active-duty Navy personnel and more than 81% of Army and Air Force personnel have already gotten the shots.

Colorado woman who won’t get vaccinated denied transplant

By Patty Nieberg, Thomas Peipert, and Colleen Slevin — October 8, 2021
Even though she has stage 5 kidney disease that puts her at risk of dying without a new kidney, Lutali, 56, said she could not agree to be vaccinated because of the role that fetal cell lines have played in the development of vaccines.

We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.

NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

By Marina Villeneuve — September 17, 2021
A group of Christian health care practitioners argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional.

Largest Catholic parish in US being built in ‘heart of California’s dairy industry’

By Alejandra Molina — September 14, 2021
VISALIA, Calif. (RNS) — ‘It’s the best-kept secret in the nation — little Visalia building the largest parish church in modern U.S. history,’ said the Rev. Alex Chavez.
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