Coronavirus

Poor People’s Campaign mourns 250K COVID deaths, calls for stimulus relief

By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — The group, led by the Rev. William Barber, is staging a national service of eulogy and remembrance two miles from the U.S. Capitol.

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Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

Fauci and Collins dispense Thanksgiving COVID-19 advice at cathedral forum

By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci advised weighing the risks. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said he’s skipping the family gathering this year.

A blue surprise? As Arizona trends toward Biden, Latino voters stand out

By Alejandra Molina — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — The election results in Arizona are a testament to the grassroots organizing work that has been present in the state for the past 10 years.

Anxiety, loneliness and spiritual isolation characterize life in prison during pandemic

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — November 10, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — Religious practices of all sorts are fixtures of community for those inside — and all have been stymied by the pandemic lockdowns.

Ben Carson, Seventh-day Adventist, tests positive for coronavirus

By Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Seventh-day Adventist website stresses health as a spiritual concern, saying, ‘we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves.’

A former Catholic school-turned-Nashville swingers club is reborn as homeless shelter

By Bob Smietana — November 5, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Churches and other faith-based groups form the backbone of the emergency shelter system for the homeless. But COVID-19 means many shelters are having to shut down or find creative ways to open.

For whom the bell tolls: COVID-19 deaths recalled with church bell, vigils, services

By Adelle M. Banks — October 30, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The bell has no words,’ said a pastor whose church bell is sounding through All Saints’ Day. ‘This will transcend dogma, denomination, religion, politics.’

For many who lost loved ones to COVID-19, this Day of the Dead will be a time of healing

By Alejandra Molina — October 29, 2020

(RNS) — As COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted U.S. Latinos, many will be celebrating the virus’ victims on Day of the Dead altars.

Taco trucks and voter guides boost political profiles of faith communities at the margins

By Alejandra Molina — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — Civic engagement, said one activist, humanizes minority faith groups in the eyes of the rest of the electorate.

With rising COVID-19 cases inside the Vatican, pressure mounts for Francis to don a mask

By Claire Giangravé — October 27, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘We are trying to convince him’ to wear a mask, said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican Department for Promoting Integral Human Development and one of the coordinators of the Vatican COVID-19 commission.

Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ worship protest on the National Mall included more politics than usual

By Jack Jenkins — October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Christian musician Sean Feucht’s ‘finale’ concert for his worship protest tour was in D.C. Sunday and the event quickly shifted to a celebration for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

North Carolina Pentecostal church ordered to close after coronavirus outbreak

By Yonat Shimron — October 26, 2020

(RNS) — An abatement order was issued for the United House of Prayer for All People after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths.

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