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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

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.
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Donald Trump to join Sean Feucht worship concert on 9/11 at National Mall

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two-day event is preceded by a daylong summit on Friday at the Trump International Hotel that includes speeches from conservative religious and political leaders.

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden, Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Judge blocks Western Michigan’s vaccine mandate for athletes

By David Eggert — September 1, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The four athletes — Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, Bailey Korhorn and Morgan Otteson — said they were denied religious exemptions to play without getting a dose.

California, LA County both to pay $400,000 settlement to John MacArthur’s church

By Alejandra Molina — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — This agreement, county officials said, was reached in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February that told California it couldn’t enforce a ban on indoor worship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

By Emily Wagster Pettus — August 31, 2021
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican governor Tate Reeves said he believes Christians are ‘a little less scared’ of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life.

Myanmar says Rohingya minority will get COVID-19 vaccine

By Associated Press — August 30, 2021
BANGKOK (AP) — A spokesman for Myanmar’s military-installed government said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines will be given to members of the country’s persecuted Rohingya ethnic group.

Episcopal Diocese of Maine mandates vaccine for clergy

By Kathryn Post — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — Bishop Thomas J. Brown’s decision is one of the first vaccine mandates for clergy in the U.S.

The fundamentalist who created today’s conservative template

By Mark Silk — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — Meet a New Jersey pastor named Carl McIntire.

Jesse Jackson and wife Jacqueline hospitalized with COVID-19

By Jack Jenkins — August 22, 2021
(RNS) — The civil rights activist, who was vaccinated in January, has been a fixture at voting rights demonstrations in recent months.

‘Bracing for the worst’ in Florida’s COVID-19 hot zone

By Kelli Kennedy, Cody Jackson — August 20, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The patients at Baptist Health’s five hospitals across Jacksonville are younger and getting sick from the virus faster than people did last summer.

Priests navigate Catholics’ fears and consciences in vaccine exemption pleas

By Alejandra Molina — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — It’s unclear how many Catholics are seeking vaccine religious exemptions, but more and more of their bishops are urging their priests to decline such requests.

As US bishops reject exemptions, Pope Francis dubs COVID-19 vaccine ‘act of love’

By Claire Giangravé, Jack Jenkins — August 18, 2021
(RNS) — The declaration comes as U.S. Catholics debate religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
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