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Spiritual Exemplars

Muslim clerics prepare to distribute relief materials among the poor in the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, India. Photo by Meraj Hussain

Faith leaders pair with health officials to save India’s largest slum from COVID-19

By Priyadarshini Sen — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — The densely populated shantytown was the most vulnerable spot for the virus to spread, but Dharavi’s rate of infection is down to 11 cases a day.

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A meal is served to residents at the Crossheart Saiwai Kawasaki nursing home in Kawasaki, Japan, in September 2019. Photo by Noel Rojo

Masue Katayama: Changing nursing care industry in Japan with kindness

By Magdalena Rojo — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — Inspired by her Catholic faith, the ‘social entrepreneur’ is not only one of Japan’s few female CEOs but one of the most innovative providers of elderly care in the world.

An illustration of the novel coronavirus. Image by Fusion Medical Animation/Unsplash/Creative Commons

Faith, hope and creative destruction: religious responses to COVID-19

By Donald E. Miller — July 16, 2020

(RNS) — The better angels of our common humanity are finding voice. In our vulnerability, we are searching for a new moral foundation.

Transgender people and supporters participate in a Pride walk observing International Transgender Day of Visibility in Kolkata, India, on March 31, 2018. March 31 is observed as an annual event dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness on discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

India’s pioneering transgender activist defends gains in pandemic

By Priyadarshini Sen — July 7, 2020

(RNS) — After helping win a landmark court case for India’s transgender people, Ranjita Sinha has mobilized to counter the community’s drastic loss of jobs and health care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur speaks at the University of Geneva in May 2019. Photo by LaMèreVeille/Creative Commons

France’s ‘hip’ female rabbi draws Muslims, Christians and Jews in a time of crisis

By Julia Lieblich, Luc Vachez — June 29, 2020

(RNS) — One of only four female rabbis in France, Delphine Horvilleur calls herself a storyteller, and one who believes that ‘God has a good sense of humor.’

Water is thrown in the street in front of a Vivre dans l’Espérance (Living in Hope) orphanage after a bath in Dapaong, Togo. Photo by Julien Pebrel / Myop

In Togo, a Catholic nun fights COVID-19 for the sake of her AIDS patients

By Clément Girardot — June 19, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Here, people won’t die from COVID-19 but mostly from its consequences,’ said Sister Marie Stella Kouak, a Catholic nun whose AIDS relief program has seen costs rise as funding dries up.

The Home for All restaurant in Lesbos, Greece, is normally full of refugees and activities. The restaurant has been closed in recent months due to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Home for All

In Greece, pandemic deprives refugees of vital link to food and locals

By Magdalena Rojo — June 12, 2020

(RNS) — A restaurant dedicated to feeding refugees and native Greeks alike awaits the country’s reopening.

A four-wheeler is ridden through Arctic Village, Alaska, on June 14, 2019. Photo by Brian Adams

How COVID-19 and the fight against Big Oil is reviving one Alaskan people’s spiritual traditions

By Daysha Eaton — May 30, 2020

(RNS) — How indigenous women are leading the fight to protect one of North America’s last wild places, sparking a cultural and spiritual renaissance.

Andi and Al Tauber, on guitar, perform parts of

How two Mennonite musicians turn street ministry into a song

By Monique Parsons — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mennonite musicians Andi and Al Tauber bring kindness, music and love to their work with refugees and male sex workers.

The Rev. Warner D‘Souza prepares a lockdown meal in his kitchen using fresh home-grown spices and herbs in Mumbai, India. Photo by Shaliesh Shetty

Making his kitchen his pulpit, Indian priest highlights the pandemic’s hungry

By Priyadarshini Sen — May 21, 2020

(RNS) — D’Souza’s ‘Food for the Soul’ show has gained over 6,000 subscribers across India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown.

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