RNS Morning Report: Vatican Aids Displaced People; Torah Unites NC Synagogue; Author Kaitlin Curtice

In this photo taken March 26, 2020, residents live in crowded conditions in the Sayidka camp for internally displaced people in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country has a small number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus so far, but residents of the camp, who have already fled drought and violence from the Islamist al-Shabab militant group, say they are fearful of the virus and feel vulnerable. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Need to know: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Advocacy for the Vulnerable

Pope Francis and the Vatican commit to aiding internally displaced people

The migrants and refugees section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released new guidelines for Catholic dioceses and parishes on Tuesday (May 5). More from Religion News Service

Testament to Resilience

An Old World Torah scroll unites a North Carolina synagogue in a time of pandemic

The Torah, Judaism’s central religious text and the backbone of all later Jewish law and commentary, is the faith’s holiest religious object. The scroll must be written by hand with a quill — a process that takes at least a year. More from Religion News Service

Native Identity

Potawatomi Christian author Kaitlin Curtice on finding herself and God in new book

Curtice wasn’t expecting to release her book amid a pandemic, but she believes the book can speak into this moment in history. More from Religion News Service

Silver Solution

Jim Bakker seeks dismissal of lawsuit claiming he promoted false coronavirus cure

A lawyer for Jim Bakker denies that that televangelist claimed a health supplement could cure coronavirus. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

A kaddish for Kent State -- and Jackson State

In a death-saturated America, let us remember six more, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Hardest Hit

A pastor in the Bronx thought he knew hardship. Then his church saw 13 coronavirus deaths.

Promised Land, in the poorest congressional district in the nation, sees about 250 mostly African American and Latino worshipers on a normal weekend. Public housing units line the streets near the church in the Mott Haven neighborhood, where city officials estimate the poverty rate is about 44 percent. More from The Washington Post🔒