Law and Religion Headlines


Sunday, 22 March 2020

Spanish PM calls for EU ‘Marshall Plan’ to stop the coronavirus
(Cristina Gallardo, Politico)

Greece to go into coronavirus-induced lockdown
(Politico)

Poland declares coronavirus ‘epidemic’
(Zosia Wanat, Politico)

'There are no funerals:' Death in quarantine leaves nowhere to grieve
(Angelo Amante, Parisa Hafezi, Hayoung Choi, Reuters)

New York’s Bowery Mission adapts homeless ministry to coronavirus restrictions
(Katelyn Beaty, Religion News Service)

Europeans sing health workers’ praises nightly from windows
(Lori Hinnant, Associated Press)

‘Virtual’ PCC meetings and other Coronavirus-related issues
(David Lamming, Guest Post, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England: Live streaming information for churches

UK: More coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Palestinian PM orders West Bank lockdown; Gaza confirms first coronavirus cases
(Haaretz)

Italy, pandemic's new epicenter, has lessons for the world
(Jason Horowitz, Emma Bubola and Elisabetta Povoledo, The NewYork Times)

Rand Paul first senator to test positive for coronavirus
(Mairead McArdle, National Review)

How coronavirus is reshaping Jewish life
(Dave Schechter, Religion Unplugged)

Aging Catholic priesthood risk health to comfort the faithful during pandemic
(Clemente Lisi, Religion Unplugged)

Thinking about these times: Reporter asks cloistered nun for tips on healthy 'social distancing'
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

In Europe, and around the world, governments are getting tougher
(The Economist)

Hope and support in Italy during a global health crisis
(Bahá’í World News Service)

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Michigan houses of worship exempted from penalties for violating COVID-19 executive order
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Whitmer exempts Michigan churches from penalties for 50+ gatherings
(Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press)

Spanish influenza's final lesson
(Caleb Mills, Geopolitical Monitor)

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future
(David Crary, Associated Press)

Coronavirus could change funerals, how we handle death
(Jack Evans, Tampa Bay Times, Associated Press)

Yes, the government can force churches to close. Here’s why
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News)

Coronavirus is spreading at religious gatherings, ricocheting across nations
(Jon Emont, Saeed Shah, The Wall Street Journal)

This is not the end of the world, according to Christians who study the end of the world
(Julie Zauzmer and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post)

Egypt shuts mosques and churches over coronavirus fears
(Mahmoud Mourad, Reuters)

China demolishes church, removes crosses as Christians worship at home
(Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post)

The faithful response to coronavirus: protect one another
(Opinion by Maggie Siddiqi and Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, CNN Opinion)

A megachurch has helped test nearly 1,000 people for coronavirus in two days
(Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post - Religion)

Congregations improvise ways to fight COVID-19’s isolation
(Tracy Simmons, Religion News Service)

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa - Interfaith Meeting in Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
(Press Release: Government of South Africa (Pretoria), All Africa)

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

Coronavirus – election of PCC and churchwardens
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Catholic Cardinal Burke says faithful should attend Mass despite coronavirus
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

This big-think story theme befits both the Lenten mood and the COVID-19 crisis
(Richard Ostling, GetReligion)

Christmas in March? Some people are turning on their lights to brighten a dark time
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Friday, 20 March 2020

Coronavirus: Will courts continue to operate, preserving the rule of law?
(Austin Sarat, The Conversation)

New Hampshire governor sued over ban on large gatherings
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

New Hampshire ban on large gatherings challenged in court
(Holly Ramer, Associated Press)

U.S. Supreme Court postpones oral arguments through April 1
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

Australian bishops begin canceling Masses to contain COVID-19
(Catholic News Service)

Friday prayers cancelled in Moscow's mosques
(Interfax-Religion)

Inside Australia's decision to close hundreds of its mosques
(Aaron Fernandes, SBS News)

Montenegro probes priests for breaking coronavirus rules
(Samir Kajosevic, Balkan Insight)

Most white evangelicals satisfied with Trump’s initial response to the COVID-19 outbreak
(Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center Fact Tank)

Americans immersed in COVID-19 news; most think media are doing fairly well covering it
(Amy Mitchell and J. Baxter Oliphant, Pew Research Center Journalism & Media)

U.S. public see multiple threats from the coronavirus — and concerns are growing
(Pew Research Center U.S. Politics & Policy)

Thousands of Muslim pilgrims ignore virus risk to gather in Indonesia
(Agustinus Beo Da Costa, A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters)

In Italy and beyond, churches grapple with coronavirus
(Politico)

The Austrian ski town that spread coronavirus across the Continent
(Matthew Karnitsching, Politco)

UK chief Brexit negotiator self-isolates after showing COVID-19 symptoms
(Charlie Cooper, Politico)

Israel tightens grip on Palestinian workers to limit COVID-19
(Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor: Palestine Pulse)

Thursday, 19 March 2020

On St. Joseph's feast, Italy to pray rosary for protection from coronavirus
(Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency)

Houses of worship pitch in to help those left vulnerable by virus outbreak
(Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)

Indonesia halts Islamic assembly, quarantining 9,000 people
(Niniek Karmini and Eileen Ng, Associated Press)

Portadores de Coronavírus têm direito ao auxílio-doença?
(Bruno Pellizzetti, Jusbrasil)

Vatican official tells religious orders to obey ‘state and ecclesial’ authorities during COVID-19 crisis
(Christopher White, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Tajikistan lifts ban on joint prayers in mosques
(Interfax-Religion)

Atlantic feature on Francis Collins covers lots of COVID-19 territory, but gets the faith angle, too
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

NIH Director: ‘We’re on an exponential curve’ : Francis Collins speaks about the coronavirus, his faith, and an unusual friendship.
(The Atlantic)

Patients 'completely recovered': doctors may have found COVID-19 cure
(Michael Foust, Christian Headlines)

Ramaphosa asks religious leaders to help contain spread of coronavirus
(Qaanitah Hunter, Displatch Live)

As Hindu pilgrims prepare to flock to sacred site, Modi urges Indians to stay home
(Vindu Goel and Hari Kumar, The New York Times)

“There has always been persecution in China, it is not because of the coronavirus”
(Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus)

Communist Vietnam lauds church steps against coronavirus
(UCA News)

Coronavirus: updated guidance on weddings and baptisms from CofE
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Will Iran's economy collapse under coronavirus crisis?
(Bijan Khajehpour, Al-Monitor: Iran Pulse)

Jordan announces lockdown in effort to contain coronavirus
(Osama Al Sharif, Al-Monitor: Jordan Pulse)

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

With world turning virtual during COVID-19 crisis, it's easy to pray
(Peter Kenny, Ecumenical News)

Neighbors want to help during the pandemic. These women prove that
(Lena Felton, The Lily)

Churches in Northern Ireland: Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Church in Wales: Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

White House briefs New York's orthodox rabbis on COVID-19 precautions
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Many pastors follow coronavirus rules but some defy them
(Elana Schor, Associated Press)

The quest for religion and science coverage of COVID-19 – in the same news report
(Clemente Lisi, GetReligion)

Do coronavirus bans on religious services violate religious freedom?
(Religious Freedom Institute)

A Louisiana pastor defies a state order and holds a church service with hundreds of people
(Daniel Burke, CNN)

Rio’s Christ statue closes and state of emergency decreed
(David Biller and Diarlei Rodrigues, Associated Press)

Religious zealots in Iran converge to oppose closure of shrines amid coronavirus crisis
(Maryam Sinaiee, Radio Farda)

White House takes low-key approach to churches that ignore coronavirus advice
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Facing death alone in Italy
(Andrew West, The Religion and Ethics Report)

President Marcelo declares ‘state of emergency’
(Natasha Donn, Portugal Resident)

Congress passes coronavirus aid bill
(Catholic News Agency)

While we make the best of a pandemic, coronavirus is making the best of us
(Tara Isabella Burton, Religion News Service)

United Methodist Church postpones General Conference amid coronavirus
(Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service)

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Quarantine Reading: Tablet’s book critic suggests some ways to leaven your time indoors
(Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine)

How Iran became a global vector of infection for COVID-19
(Noam Blum, Tablet Magazine)

Lebanon struggles to cope with COVID-19 amid financial crisis
(Sarah Abdallah, Al-Monitor: Lebanon Pulse)

Will the coronavirus end globalization as we know it?
(Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, Foreign Affairs)

U.S.-Chinese distrust is inviting dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories
(Yanzhong Huang, Foreign Affairs)

People often turn to faith for comfort during a crisis. How can churches help from behind closed doors?
(Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News Faith)

Pope Francis gives his blessing to an eerily empty St. Peter's Square
(CNN)

Pandemic to upend Holy Week, Easter liturgies as Presiding Bishop urges halt to in-person worship
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

From Facebook Live to drive-through Eucharist, churches embrace new ways of staying connected
(Egan Millard and David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

Public Mass ban in Italy leads to new focus on ‘spiritual Communion’
(Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service)

Iran’s supreme leader issues religious ruling prohibiting ‘unnecessary’ travel amid new coronavirus outbreak
(Associated Press)

Coronavirus latest: Government asks religious groups to cease meeting
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Streaming church services: an (updated) guide to copyright and religion
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown
(Yudith Ho and Faris Mokhtar, Bloomberg)

Church of England suspends all services over coronavirus
(Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian)

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