RNS Morning Report: Easter at the Vatican; Bishop Barbara Harris Dies; Global Disruptions to Worship

A Vatican spokesman has confirmed the first case of coronavirus at the city-state. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Friday that nonemergency medical services at the Vatican have been closed so they can be sanitized after the positive test on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Need to know: Monday, March 16, 2020

Observing Distance

Faithful may be banned from Easter celebrations with Pope, says Vatican

Italy's coronavirus shutdown now threatens public Easter celebrations at the Vatican. More from Religion News Service

'Irrepressible Companion'

Bishop Barbara Harris, first woman bishop of Anglican Communion, dies at 89

‘She was larger than life because she lived it fully with her God and with us,’ said Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. More from Religion News Service

Shuttered Houses

Coronavirus shutdowns disrupt America’s soul, closing houses of worship

The coronavirus crisis has disrupted faith groups from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. — shuttering megachurches and forcing worship online. More from Religion News Service

'Business As Usual'

Some Trump evangelical advisers offer tempered response to coronavirus

Pastors aligned with Trump seem to have run with the president's once-dismissive attitude toward the spread of COVID-19. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Spirituality in a time of quarantine

It is time to put the common good over our personal good; it is time to respect science not partisan spin masters; it is time to be our better selves, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Rethinking Ramadan

Coronavirus forces mosques to reassess weekly prayers and Ramadan plans

With Ramadan only a month and a half away, Muslim Americans are having to rethink everything from Friday prayers to planning Hajj. More from Huffpost




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