RNS Morning Report: Decarceration Efforts; Prisoners During Coronavirus; National Cathedral Masks

An image of Anne Frank is projected with a message near the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston on March 22, 2020, by the activist group Never Again Action. Photo courtesy of Never Again Action

Need to know: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Breeding Grounds for COVID-19

‘Deadly as Dachau’: Activists call for mass decarceration during pandemic

Progressive faith-based activists and religious leaders have mounted a nationwide push to release as many people held in jails, prisons and immigration detention facilities as possible to protect them from a coronavirus outbreak. More from Religion News Service

Inside Perspective

Prisoners keeping faith during coronavirus, says former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who was convicted on federal charges in 2018, talks about life on the inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. More from Religion News Service

Stockpile Discovered

Washington National Cathedral donates 5,000 medical masks resurrected from crypts

The 5,000 N95 respiratory masks had been forgotten until the cathedral’s chief stonemason, Joseph Alonso, stumbled on them in an unfinished area of the crypt level early this month. More from Religion News Service

Convert's Testimony

Catholic convert’s book on the Annunciation hopes to help parents inspire faith in Gen Z

In her new book about the Annunciation, Catholic convert and poet Sally Read addresses young people’s relationship with social media and its impact on faith, drawing from her personal experience as a mother. More from Religion News Service


India’s executions won’t end a pandemic of violence against women

A gruesome chapter in Indian life closed with the executions of four of the six perpetrators of a horrifying gang-rape of a woman in 2012, but it may only help obscure the real dimensions of violence against women, writes Satpal Singh. More from Religion News Service


Should older Americans die to save the economy? Ethicists call it a false choice.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set off a firestorm of criticism after he suggested Monday that he and other older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of the economy, which he said was in mortal jeopardy because of shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic. More from The Washington Post🔒



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