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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Some evangelical leaders are trying to counter Christian nationalist misinformation over vaccines. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Christian nationalism is a barrier to mass vaccination against COVID-19

By Monique Deal Barlow — April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Some who identify as Christian nationalists believe they will be protected from any disease.

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People place white flags in a plaza at the National World War I Museum, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The 1,665 flags represent the area residents who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. The installation was part of a national memorial to lives lost to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

7 ways a national COVID-19 day of mourning can help us heal

By Jamie Aten, Kent Annan — March 12, 2021

(RNS) — Public days are a way to be with each other during and after suffering as we step into the new normal that is ahead.

A health worker loads syringes with the vaccine on the first day of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being made available to residents at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, March 11, 2021. The California Department of Public Health is highlighting the new one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A Los Angeles pilot program will vaccinate hundreds within 2-mile radius of a Catholic church

By Alejandra Molina — March 11, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A pilot program aims to vaccinate 600 eligible people who live within a two-mile radius surrounding St. Brigid Catholic Church, a Black and Latino parish hit hard by COVID-19 in South Los Angeles.

The Rev. Kip Rush delivers his sermon in a sanctuary filled with mostly empty pews March 15, 2020, during a streamed service at Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Survey: Churchgoers say they plan to return to in-person services

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2021

(RNS) — Many churches are already meeting in person, but attendance has typically been smaller to accommodate for social distancing. That will likely change, a Lifeway Research poll suggests.

Rev. Donald Nevins, pastor of St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Chicago, left, receives the first of the two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, from Sherrie Spencer, Vice President Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

US bishops discourage Catholics from getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice

By Jack Jenkins — March 2, 2021

(RNS) — ‘If one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s,’ the statement read.

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New Orleans archdiocese urges Catholics to avoid new Johnson & Johnson vaccine

By Jack Jenkins — March 1, 2021

(RNS) — The archdiocese said the vaccine is ‘morally compromised’ because it utilized cells with a decades-old link to an aborted fetus.

In this Jan. 5, 2021 file photo, a worker gives instructions to motorists at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Latino churches in Los Angeles County will now serve as COVID-19 testing sites

By Alejandra Molina — February 26, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Through a partnership with the county, Latino congregations now offering this service are St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Whittier and Centro de Vida Victoriosa, an Assemblies of God church in East LA.

The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington on Nov. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After California ruling, some are worshipping indoors, others still think it’s too risky

By Alejandra Molina — February 12, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’re going to hold on until we feel better about it,’ said the Rev. Austin Doran, of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Los Angeles County.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, left, and Rabbi Elliot Dorff. Courtesy photos

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I’m a member of a community with duties’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — Rabbi Elliot Dorff, a theologian and ethicist specializing in medical ethics, talks about what we owe each other when it comes to being vaccinated.

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘The scientific community has a storytelling problem’

By Julie Schonfeld — February 2, 2021

(RNS) — The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk ordained by the Dalai Lama, on the impact and challenges of the pandemic.

The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Using the Black church to get the word out’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem talks about how Black communities are overcoming distrust of the medical community.

Imam Mohamed Magid during an interview with Rabbi Julie Schonfeld. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Muslims were among the first to believe in vaccines’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — A conversation with Imam Mohamed Magid on the safety and theological underpinning of taking the vaccine.

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