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What group is least likely to get a vaccine? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are

By Yonat Shimron — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new survey by Pew Research shows that 64% of Black Protestants ‘definitely or probably’ plan to get vaccinated, compared to 54% of white evangelicals.

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ImamConnect is the first online platform of its kind for Muslim services. Courtesy image

‘Uber for imams’ app offers Muslims virtual khutbahs — and community

By Joseph Hammond — February 2, 2021

(RNS) — A virtual hub called ImamConnect aspires to provide everything from Muslim circumcisions to headstone engravings on a platform designed to be an ‘Uber for imams.’

The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Using the Black church to get the word out’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — The Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem talks about how Black communities are overcoming distrust of the medical community.

Imam Mohamed Magid during an interview with Rabbi Julie Schonfeld. Video screengrab

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Muslims were among the first to believe in vaccines’

By Julie Schonfeld — January 21, 2021

(RNS) — A conversation with Imam Mohamed Magid on the safety and theological underpinning of taking the vaccine.

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In ‘Can Robots Be Jewish?’ rabbis weigh in on a Jewish pastime: disagreement

By Yonat Shimron — December 16, 2020

(RNS) — The questions in this collection, part of Moment Magazine’s long-running feature ‘Ask the Rabbis,’ offer a model for what is fundamental to Judaism.

A nurse administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. U.K. health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

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.’

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Do you see what I see? Planetary alignment to create a ‘Christmas star’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 7, 2020

(RNS) — Astronomers have floated the idea that a similar conjunction of planets could be a scientific explanation for the star of Bethlehem in the Christmas story.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks at the European Union on Sept. 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of European Union 2016 - European Parliament/Pietro Naj-Oleari

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who brought Judaism to a global audience, dies

By Yonat Shimron — November 8, 2020

(RNS) — The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom won a large audience for his ability to reconcile the particularities of Judaism with universal concerns.

A churchgoer’s thoughts on climate change may not have much to do with Christian teaching. (JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians’ climate change denial

By Adrian Bardon — September 11, 2020

(The Conversation) — Does religion predispose people against climate science? Studies link a belief in miracles and an afterlife with lower estimates of the risks posed by climate change.

Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island for temporary internment on April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. The strip of land in Long Island Sound has long served as the city’s potter’s field. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

John MacArthur claimed there is ‘no pandemic.’ He was politicizing science, experts say

By Yonat Shimron — September 1, 2020

(RNS) — The church appears to be wading into a highly politicized campaign to minimize or outright deny the existence of the coronavirus.

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2,500 evangelicals sign pandemic statement warning: Don’t ignore science

By Yonat Shimron — August 19, 2020

(RNS) — The statement, drafted by BioLogos, sends a pointed message: ‘ … when Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tells us what scientists have learned about this infectious disease, he should be listened to.’

Faithful wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 wave as Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

With new document, Vatican implements practical steps for environmental sustainability

By Claire Giangravé — June 18, 2020

(RNS) — From promoting environmental studies in schools and universities to eliminating pesticide use at the Vatican, the new document offers an ambitious plan to encourage sustainability around the world.

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Canadian Catholic bishop funds research for a safe and efficient coronavirus vaccine

By Claire Giangravé — May 11, 2020

(RNS) — ‘May the search for COVID-19 solutions also be a moment of solidarity, of collaboration, and of growing together,’ said Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada.

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