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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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Recent vandalism at Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. Photos via Facebook/Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

More than $60,000 raised for vandalized Los Angeles Buddhist temple

By Alejandra Molina — March 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — As of early March 2, more than $60,500 was raised for Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple through a GoFundMe page set up by the volunteer group Nikkei Progressives.

Photo by Daniel Schludi/Unsplash/Creative Commons

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.

A Christian priest Places a poster of the Pope Francis and a Vatican flag during preparations for the Pope's visit in Mar Youssif Church in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP/Photo/Hadi Mizban)

‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq

By Nicole Winfield, Samya Kullab — February 28, 2021

(RNS) — The public health message a papal trip to Iraq sends amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say.

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.

Hamantaschen being prepared for Purim. Photo by Anton/Unsplash/Creative Commons

It’s the happiest of Jewish holidays. But this Purim, many are feeling sad.

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — This year as they mark Purim, a one-day holiday that begins Thursday evening (Feb. 25), American Jews are viewing the raucous, rollicking feast with a touch of grief.

The Rev. Frederick K.C. “Fred” Price. Photo via Crenshaw Christian Center

Public viewing set for Frederick K.C. Price, televangelist who built LA’s FaithDome

By Alejandra Molina — February 23, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A private family service before the burial will be held March 6 and will be streamed on the church’s social media accounts.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, photo the Rev. James Coleman, 70, is vaccinated for COVID-19 by nurse practitioner Ifreke Udodong at United Medical Center in southeast Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington taps pastors to overcome racial divide on vaccine

By Ashraf Khalil, Hilary Powell — February 22, 2021

(AP) — Health officials in the nation’s capital are hoping religious leaders will serve as community influencers to overcome what officials say is a persistent vaccine reluctance in the Black community.

Saints Peter & Paul Church in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Google Maps

San Francisco priest dies after testing positive for COVID-19

By Alejandra Molina — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — The Rev. Bob Stein, who served at Saints Peter & Paul Church, died early Tuesday (Feb. 16) after testing positive for COVID-19, the church said on its website.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, a masked worker cleans a street in the Chinatown district in San Francisco. Police are stepping up patrol and volunteers are increasing their street presence after several violent attacks on older Asians stoked fear in the San Francisco Bay Area's Chinatowns. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Let the church declare: Asian Lives Matter

By Raymond Chang, Michelle Ami Reyes — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — Anti-Asian attacks have been skyrocketing at an alarming rate since the start of the pandemic. Yet there has been a gaping void of evangelical voices publicly speaking up to defend their Asian American brothers and sisters.

People are reflected on a puddle as they walk in an empty St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Jan. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job

By Nicole Winfield — February 19, 2021

ROME (AP) — The pope’s decree sparked heated debate, since its provisions go beyond the voluntary nature of COVID-19 vaccinations in Italy and much of the rest of the world.

Nurse practitioner Monika Trogdon, right, gives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shot to Louella Neal, the pastor's wife, at a mobile vaccination clinic at Temple of Praise Church of Deliverance in Kenly, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, 2021. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people

By Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘A really wonderful facet of this work is the multifaith cooperation that we’re seeing already,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Sen. Joe Manchin, left, and the Rev. William Barber. (Left, AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Right, RNS Photo/Jack Jenkins)

Poor People’s Campaign meets with Joe Manchin, vows to protest for $15 minimum wage

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We are trying to get (Manchin) to live up to what he was told when he was a kid: If you have all these blessings, then you can share your blessings,’ said Jean Evansmore, a West Virginia resident.

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