RNS Morning Report: Skid Row 'Hippie Kitchen'; Digital Pilgrimages; LifeWay Announces Cuts

A Los Angeles Catholic Worker member, center, offers hand cleaner to those who need it, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, while distributing free meals in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Need to know: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Meeting Increased Needs

On LA’s Skid Row, Catholic Worker’s ‘Hippie Kitchen’ adjusts to COVID-19

Volunteers at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker soup kitchen are improvising to continue services while preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. More from Religion News Service

Virtual Journeys

Digital pilgrimages allow the faithful to travel the world from their couches

From hashtagged photos posted on Instagram to immersive apps, digital pilgrimages are making spiritual journeys possible for the faithful, even as they stay home. More from Religion News Service

Financial Blow

Southern Baptist publishing arm, LifeWay, announces cuts due to COVID-19

The move comes after five consecutive weeks of steep revenue decline in the wake of the coronavirus and the expectation that sales may not rebound anytime soon.  More from Religion News Service

Seeking Sacraments

Some Catholics suffer sacramental withdrawal as virtual confessions are ruled out

With social distancing and a ban on cellphone confessions, some Catholics are experiencing sacramental withdrawal. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

We should all mourn for the ultra-Orthodox

Jew-haters with guns are no longer the greatest threat to Jews. The new enemy is invisible, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Radio Reflections

Yusuf Islam AKA Cat Stevens to lead BBC Ramadan series

The 1970s singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens, who converted to Islam and renounced his life as a musician, is to lead a series of spiritual reflections for the BBC during Ramadan. More from The Guardian