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Brazil’s evangelicals, bound to Bolsonaro, fight to follow his lead on pandemic

By Raphael Tsavkko Garcia — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — As the pandemic grew more dire through the spring, pastors have had a powerful influence on health policy.

Franklin Graham urges evangelicals to get vaccinated before it’s ‘too late’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — 'My father was a firm believer in medicine. He believed in it, so he would have been a supporter — no question,' said Franklin Graham, son of the late evangelist Billy Graham.

Christian higher ed courses in prisons continue, adapt amid COVID-19

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — Despite the elimination of most prison visitations for many months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some religious higher education institutions have found ways to stay connected with prisoners.

Muslims and Catholics in Orange County to unite for Eid al-Fitr prayers

By Alejandra Molina — May 12, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In the spirit of interfaith solidarity, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church is offering its campus to host Eid prayers for the Islamic Center of Fullerton, a growing congregation that operates out of a small office space.

Meet Kashmir’s ‘Midnight Drummers,’ keeping alive an age-old Ramadan tradition

By Majid Maqbool — May 12, 2021
SRINAGAR, Kashmir (RNS) — Locally known as Sahar Khawan, the drummers walk miles in the pre-dawn hours of Ramadan mornings, beating their drums and announcing Sehri time for observing Muslims.

In India, Hindus fast in Ramadan for growth and solidarity with Muslim friends

By Bhavya Dore — May 11, 2021
MUMBAI (RNS) — 'It disciplines your body, makes you introspect and helps you build a habit,' said one Hindu who participates in Ramadan's fasting and reflection.

With Pope Francis’ blessing, Catholics pressed Biden White House to waive vaccine patents

By Claire Giangravé, Jack Jenkins — May 10, 2021
(RNS) — 'Pope Francis is very involved,' said the Rev. Augusto Zampini, one of the directors of the Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission.

Day by day: Musical ‘Godspell’ celebrates 50th anniversary

By Mark Kennedy — May 10, 2021
(AP) — "Godspell" was an off-Broadway hit in 1971. It was made into a 1973 movie and jumped to Broadway in 1976, nominated for best score at the Tony Awards and a Grammy winner.

I have faith: A secular response to tragedy

By Tzemah Yoreh — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — God won’t help us, but faith can. Not faith in any higher power, but faith in ourselves, in the collective power of humanity to effect change for the better.

For some pastors, the past year was a sign from God it was time to quit

By Bob Smietana — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — Already stretched thin, these clergy found the demands of the pandemic — from producing video church to combating conspiracy theories — took all the joy out of the job.

Domestic abuse surged under COVID-19. Clergy need better tools to help survivors.

By Donna Kirshbaum — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — Ready or not, clergy are likely to be sought out more frequently by those leaving homes after a year of quarantine and quarreling. 

Half of US Mormons are COVID-19 ‘vaccine hesitant’ or ‘vaccine refusers,’ study shows

By Jana Riess — May 6, 2021
(RNS) — The study finds Mormons believe in vaccinations in general, and they trust their church leaders to do the right thing. Yet church leaders have been urging members to get the COVID-19 shot, and half don't want to.

LifeSiteNews removed from Facebook for violating COVID-19 misinformation policies

By Jack Jenkins — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — The ultraconservative website, which often features faith content, was removed for ‘repeatedly violating our COVID-19 policies,’ a Facebook spokesperson told RNS.

National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.

Giving while Muslim: How Ramadan philanthropy has changed from 9/11 to COVID-19

By Muhi Khwaja — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — Twenty years after 9/11, American Muslims’ giving priorities have shifted to funding civil rights and social justice movements at home.
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