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RNS Morning Report: Faith Leaders Seek Action; Pope on Pandemic Response; ‘Very Limited’ Hajj

Claudia Allen speaks at a community interfaith prayer vigil, planned by Pastor Noah Washington of Emmanuel Brinklow SDA Church, on June 12, 2020, in Montgomery County, Maryland. Courtesy photo

Need to know: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

‘Racialized policing’ program takes faith leaders from grief to action

As the White House and Congress debate nationwide actions, participants say they have come away from their studies with determination to push for change in their communities.

Pope Francis accuses priests who defied pandemic safety measures of acting like ‘adolescents’

The pope praised ‘the difficult and sometimes heroic service’ of medical personnel and priests during the COVID-19 pandemic but expressed sharp criticism for the behavior of those priests who defied safety measures.

Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus

The kingdom said that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.

Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

As protests against racism and police brutality continue nationwide, there are rising calls for huge new investment in Catholic schools serving Black communities.

The Islamic history behind the George Floyd protests

Islam has a deep backstory in the continuing drama of resistance, protest and race in America, writes Michael Wolfe.

Delhi police accused of filing false charges over February riots

Democracy campaigners say officers ignored violence by Hindus during clashes with Muslims.



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