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In a rare move, Catholic nuns set out to build a new monastery

By Katelyn Ferral — December 15, 2020

(RNS) — Rarer still, millennial recruits are necessitating the move to larger quarters.

With vaccines on the horizon, faith leaders could play a crucial role in promoting their use

By Jack Jenkins — December 10, 2020

(RNS) — Asked about his participation in the Moderna vaccine trial, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld replied, ‘It’s the most important sermon I’ve ever given — by far.’

Pandemic’s suffering opens way for Buddhist chaplains

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — December 2, 2020

(RNS) — The Buddhist contemplative approach to chaplaincy has spurred a new interest in Buddhism in the medical environment.

Who should get COVID-19 vaccine first?

By Charles C. Camosy — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Giving a healthy 17-year-old supermarket cashier a vaccine before a 67-year-old with diabetes and asthma cannot be defended.

In a year of waiting and hoping, Advent reminds us that patience can be healthy

By Wes Granberg-Michaelson — November 28, 2020

(RNS) — Advent comes with this countervailing message: Expect God to show up in unexpected places, like a subway car, a Zoom call, or a stable.

COVID vaccines are moral to use, say ethicists, Catholic bishops

By Bob Smietana — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We have seen the polls looking at how many people are willing to take the vaccines and we’re very concerned the number is much lower than it should be,’ said an ethicist at the Christian Medical & Dental Association.

When visible Jews endanger lives

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — You think it’s anti-Semitic to criticize Orthodox Jewish gatherings? Then you might want to rethink Judaism.

Biden says Americans can worship in person ‘safely.’ But what does that mean?

By Jack Jenkins — November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — When asked by a reporter whether Americans should be able to attend religious services despite the ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, the president-elect responded, ‘Yes, safely.’

Thanksgiving has always been about grief. Pass the mashed potatoes.

By Jana Riess — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Marking both grief and gratitude isn’t antithetical to the Thanksgiving holiday; in fact, it’s baked into its very history.  

Like Joe Biden, many Catholics find the rosary to be a comfort and anchor in crisis

By Bob Smietana — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — Long a staple of Catholic life, the rosary is back in the spotlight with the election of Joe Biden, who will become America’s second Catholic president.

Faith leaders can help end COVID-19 pandemic by promoting vaccination

By Julie Schonfeld — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy need to seek advice from professionals and listen to our communities’ concerns.

Muslim Pro, a popular prayer app, stops providing user data to firm selling to US military

By Aysha Khan — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — An investigation by Vice News found that two Muslim lifestyle apps were among hundreds of smartphone apps whose users’ location data has been sold to companies passing data on to military contractors.

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.

Dying ‘the Buddhist way’ gains in hospice centers in the West

By Ken Chitwood — November 12, 2020

(RNS) — The emergence of Buddhist-oriented hospices in the U.S. and elsewhere is said to show a dissatisfaction with conventional Western views of life and death.

Stressed by COVID, online seekers discover Buddhism’s calming practice

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — November 10, 2020

(RNS) — Buddhist teachings about suffering and the impermanence of all things, many find, have particular relevance in this moment.

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