US bishops discourage Catholics from getting Johnson & Johnson vaccine if given a choice
(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.
Workers deserve a living wage, not just a minimum wage
Catholic schools’ push for in-person learning counters record enrollment drop
More than $60,000 raised for vandalized Los Angeles Buddhist temple
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.
New Orleans archdiocese urges Catholics to avoid new Johnson & Johnson vaccine
(RNS) — The archdiocese said the vaccine is ‘morally compromised’ because it utilized cells with a decades-old link to an aborted fetus.
‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq
(RNS) — The public health message a papal trip to Iraq sends amid a global pandemic is not advisable, health experts say.
Latino churches in Los Angeles County will now serve as COVID-19 testing sites
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.
It’s the happiest of Jewish holidays. But this Purim, many are feeling sad.
(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.
Public viewing set for Frederick K.C. Price, televangelist who built LA’s FaithDome
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.
Washington taps pastors to overcome racial divide on vaccine
(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.
San Francisco priest dies after testing positive for COVID-19
(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.
Let the church declare: Asian Lives Matter
(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.
Anti-vax at the Vatican? You might lose your job
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.
Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people
(RNS) — ‘A really wonderful facet of this work is the multifaith cooperation that we’re seeing already,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.
Poor People’s Campaign meets with Joe Manchin, vows to protest for $15 minimum wage
(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.