RNS Morning Report: Pastor Carl Lentz; White House Faith Leader Outreach; SBC Annual Meeting

In this Oct. 23, 2017, photo, Carl Lentz, a pastor who ministers to thousands at his Hillsong Church in New York, appears during an interview, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Need to know: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

'Prayer and the Practical'

‘We’re all gonna get through this’: Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz on coronavirus diagnosis

Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz is urging people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously after testing positive for COVID-19 himself. More from Religion News Service

Church and State

In calls with faith leaders, White House focuses on virus as well as election

‘It’s a big day, Nov. 3; that’s going to be one of the biggest dates in the history of religion, as far as I’m concerned,’ Trump said. More from Religion News Service

Greear to Remain President

Amid coronavirus, Southern Baptists cancel annual meeting

Denominational leaders were concerned about the risk of contagion, but finances also played a role. With many churches closed, leaders did not want churches spending stretched resources on travel. More from Religion News Service

Service to Community

Univision and Los Angeles Archdiocese partner to offer Mass on local TV channel

Parishioners from the largest Catholic archdiocese in the country can now access Spanish-language Mass on local TV in the wake of the novel coronavirus that has led to the cancellation of public services. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Caring more for each other could have ameliorated the pandemic. It’s not too late.

A crisis either makes us better or worse people; it never leaves us the same, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Worshippers Targeted

Gunmen in Afghanistan kill 25 at Sikh complex, Islamic State claims responsibility

Gunmen and suicide bombers raided a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing 25 people before security forces killed all of the attackers, the government said. More from Reuters