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The American Rescue Plan is welcome relief for faith communities

By Diane Randall — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Just as communities of faith have been called on the last 13 months to serve others — with emotional, material and advocacy support — we continue to be called on to support the common good to defeat the pandemic and to defeat poverty.
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Interfaith campus partnerships are building bridges to overcome our divisions

By Shirley Hoogstra, Eboo Patel — April 15, 2021
(RNS) — When we listen to those who believe differently, we grow in our own faith.

Sikhs mark toned-down holiday amid continuing virus concerns

By Margaret Stafford, Gary Fields — April 14, 2021
LIBERTY, Missouri (AP) — U.S. Sikhs are holding toned-down Vaisakhi celebrations, joining people of other faiths in observing holidays cautiously this spring due to COVID-19.

As policies shift, Protestants and other faith groups join Catholics in helping immigrants at the border

By Jack Jenkins, Alejandra Molina — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — As the number of arrivals increases, Catholic groups are often relying on an array of faith-based ecumenical partners to handle the influx of people hoping to cross the border.

Huge gatherings at India’s Hindu festival as virus surges

By Neha Mehrotra, Sheikh Saaliq — April 12, 2021
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism.

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship

By Jessica Gresko — April 10, 2021
(AP) — In November, the high court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard-hit by the virus.

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

By Mariam Fam, David Sharp — April 10, 2021
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it's acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during Ramadan.

World Vision faces pandemic’s ‘perfect storm,’ seeks to meet US, global needs

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — 'There's a real threat that 30 years of progress in our fight against extreme poverty could be reversed,' World Vision US President Edgar Sandoval Sr. said.

Adapting a faith-led effort to fight opioids to encourage vaccinations

By Paul O'Donnell — April 8, 2021
(RNS) — Using a model to educate clergy about substance use disorders is being adapted to defeat uncertainty about the vaccine.

Biden says seminary COVID-19 vaccine clinic is example of ‘America at its finest’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — Biden said the partnership between the seminary and a community health center is one of many that are happening between religious and medical organizations across the nation.

No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not linked to the mark of the beast – but a first-century Roman tyrant probably is

By Eric M. Vanden Eykel — April 7, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar argues that Nero is the person identified in the Bible as 666.

In Ramadan’s spirit of hope, New York’s Muslims cautiously open mosques

By Zainab Iqbal — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — Last year, Ramadan fell in the worst of the pandemic. Still haunted by the toll of the pandemic, some mosque leaders are following the guidance of local leaders.

Church faces backlash for showing Mass at a cinema, as Italy faces severe lockdown

By Claire Giangravé — April 7, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The case highlights growing tensions between Italians and the Catholic Church, which critics say has been granted more leeway while the weary peninsula faces another severe lockdown more than a year into the pandemic.
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