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Billy Graham’s grandson Jonathan Lotz, son of Anne Graham Lotz, in hospital with COVID-19

By Adelle M. Banks — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Pray he will not have to go on a ventilator,’ his mother asked on social media, ‘and that his health will be fully restored.’
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With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘These new estimates highlight the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on children around the world,’ said Elli Oswald, executive director of the Faith to Action Initiative.

Global interfaith prayer service advocates for vaccine equity

By Renée Roden — July 20, 2021
(RNS) – ‘The coronavirus is not the Titanic, everyone can live — there are more than enough lifeboats for every person on the planet,’ said Don McCrabb, executive director of the United States Catholic Mission Association. 

Indonesian Muslims mark grim Eid amid devastating virus wave

By Niniek Karmini — July 20, 2021
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is now Asia's COVID-19 hot spot with the most confirmed daily cases. Infections and deaths have surged.

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow

By Mariam Fam — July 20, 2021
CAIRO (AP) — “It’s going to be the first Eid in my life I don’t hug and kiss my mum and dad.”

Anger as French protesters compare vaccines to Nazi horrors

By Angela Charlton, Constantin Gouvy — July 20, 2021
PARIS (AP) — “I wore the star, I know what that is, I still have it in my flesh,” Holocaust survivor Joseph Szwarc said Sunday.

Senegal sees dramatic COVID-19 surge as major holiday looms

By Carley Petesch, Yesica Fisch — July 19, 2021
BARGNY, Senegal (AP) — As millions in Senegal prepare for Tabaski, new confirmed cases have risen to a record of 738 on Friday and then nearly doubled overnight.

Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic churches amid surge in COVID-19 cases

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — Parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese have canceled all the plans they had made to 'address the spiritual needs of the many people who would come to Japan' for the upcoming Summer Olympics.

In many COVID hot spots, a pattern: High concentrations of white evangelicals

By Jack Jenkins — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It’s clear that the pattern is more white evangelical Protestants equals lower vaccination rates,’ said Natalie Jackson, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute.

Looking for radical solutions to decline, Church of England debates lay-led house churches

By Catherine Pepinster — July 9, 2021
LONDON (RNS) — A proposal published on the eve of the Church of England's General Synod shows the growing influence of evangelicalism.

For another year, the world’s most famous door-knocking ministry will stay home

By Alejandra Molina — July 8, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — For the second year, Jehovah’s Witnesses are holding their annual conventions online. Their kingdom halls remain closed across the country. Door-to-door preaching has not resumed.

Breaking the silence: Clergy address pandemic’s surge in domestic violence

By Katie Givens Kime — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — This crisis of violence affects every faith community, and every faith leader.

AME Church bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory as major meeting opens

By Adelle M. Banks — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We acknowledge the current controversy around Critical Race Theory and acknowledge that healing can only begin when the traumas of the past are recognized,’ the bishops said.
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