Law and Religion Headlines

Thursday, 19 March 2020

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

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)

Iranians defy authorities in bid to access holy sites closed amid coronavirus
(Sune Engel Rasmussen and Aresu Eqbali, The Wall Street Journal)

What coronavirus is changing for Muslims
(Marième Soumaré, Jules Crétois, The Africa Report)

Church of England: Coronavirus – cessation of church services
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different as public worship put on hold to help stem spread of coronavirus
(The Church of England)

Joint Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
(The Church of England)

Monday, 16 March 2020

New business initiative to address social, health and economic impact of Covid19 outbreak
(Global Economic Leaders Consortium Delivering Innovative Solutions for COVID19, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

Standing Together in Spirit and with Actions: Religions for Peace Statement about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(Official Statement, Religions for Peace)

Six books to get you through a coronavirus shutdown
(Karen Swallow Prior, Religion News Service)

Preparing for COVID-19? Add caring for the vulnerable to your coronavirus checklist
(Craig Brown, Religion News Service)

Law in the time of Covid
(Thomas Hayes, UK Human Rights Blog)

Why has coronavirus largely spared Africa?
(Mathew Otieno, Mercator Net)

What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading
(Rose S. Aslan, The Conversation)

Experts cite clear communication as ‘vital’ amid coronavirus outbreak, other crises
(Religion News Service Press Release, In Christ Communications)

USCIRF releases new factsheet on the impact of coronavirus on religious freedom
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Spirituality in a time of quarantine
(Thomas Reese SJ, Religion News Service)

Faith in quarantine: Why are some people praying at home while others flock to pews?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

The coronavirus and us: Exploring the "ultimate dimensions" of COVID-19 as Americans prepare themselves for a season of quarantine and isolation
(Richard Rosengarten, Sightings: The Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School)

For millions of Americans, no church on Sunday is coronavirus’s cruelest closure so far
(Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

‘Prayer in the Time of Coronavirus’: LA parishioners worship in mostly empty pews
(Hayley Smith, Religion News Service)

Being old in a time of coronavirus
(Chiara Bertoglio, MercatorNet)

Israel turns to anti-terror technology to counter coronavirus
(Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

Coronavirus shutdowns disrupt America’s soul, closing houses of worship
(Alejandra Molina, Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Bob Smietnat, Religion News Service)

Thinking about faith during a plague: Input from Singapore on dealing with coronavirus crisis
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

Campus chaplains, religious clubs advocate for students in a moment of anxiety
(Aysha Khan, Religion News Service)

In livestreamed National Cathedral Eucharist, Presiding Bishop preaches on the simple power of soap and love
(Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service)

Ghanaian National Chief Imam calls on Muslims to adhere to government’s coronavirus protocols
(Ghana Web)

Muslim officials: Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest site in Islam, closes over virus concerns, prayers to continue outside
(Associated Press)

At D.C. churches that remained open Sunday, a mixture of defiance, encouragement and faith
(Julie Zauzmer and Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post)

CDC director ‘not shy about his Catholic faith,’ says Baltimore pastor
(Tim Swift, Catholic News Service)

First batch of Coronavirus vaccines sent for human testing
(Mikaela Mathews, Christian Headlines)

Saturday, 14 March 2020

New website on Law, Religion and COVID-19
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Friday, 13 March 2020

How religious communities are modifying traditions to prevent coronavirus spread
(Harmeet Kaur, CNN)

Coronavirus oblivious to Israeli, Palestinian borders
(Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor: Israel Pulse)

New podcast: Stop and think. How will coronavirus affect nurseries, worship and last rites?
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

A deserted city: Dispatches from Rome in the time of coronavirus
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service)

Vatican strengthens its measures against COVID-19
(Nicolas Senèze, La Croix International)

Shul in the Time of Coronavirus
(Tablet Magazine, Tablet Magazine)

Opinion: Coronavirus is a physical and spiritual threat
(Thomas Reese SJ, RNS Column: Signs of the Times)

Did I shake hands with the rector? COVID-19 hits a highly symbolic altar inside DC Beltway
(Terry Mattingly, GetReligion)

LDS Church suspends all worship services worldwide due to coronavirus
(Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): more guidance from Church of England and government
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Opinion: Why mainline Protestants might fear COVID-19 the most
(Ryan Burge, Religion News Service)

A French bishop calls on Catholics not to pit civil law against divine law, says being careless in dealing with COVID-19 is tantamount to 'tempting God'
(Héloise de Neuville, La Croix International)

Two elderly Jesuits in Lebanon ill with COVID-19, others remain in isolation
(La Croix International)

Thursday, 12 March 2020

To stop the coronavirus, New Jersey rabbis decide to shut down their Jewish community
(Josefin Dolsten, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Some Louisville religious leaders question governor's call for halt to services to combat coronavirus
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Churches aren't 'viral threats': Ministers confused by Beshear's call to suspend services
(Bailey Loosemore and Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal)

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Under the Vatican dome, shops risk closure due to coronavirus fears
(Claire Giangravé, Religion News Service Opinion)

Washington DC homeless shelter serves the poor despite coronavirus fears
(Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency)

Fordham University suspends campus classes over coronavirus
(Catholic News Agency)

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Church of England coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches: updated
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Monday, 9 March 2020

India: Hindu nationalists are pushing magical remedies for the coronavirus
(Bhavya Dore, Foreign Policy)

Church and state in Italy work together to prevent spread of coronavirus
(Vatican News)

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Scottish Episcopal Church updates Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance – 6 March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Friday, 6 March 2020

Coronavirus fears put a halt to the Muslim pilgrimage of umrah – but not yet the hajj
(Ken Chitwood, The Conversation)

Have Iraqi religious centers contributed to the spread of coronavirus?
(Lujain Elbaldawi, Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East)

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Ten cases of coronavirus contracted in 'megachurch' in France
(Malo Tresca, La Croix International)

Church in Wales updates Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance – 5 March
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Church of England updates Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance – 5 March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity closes over Covid-19 fears ahead of Easter
(Jewish News)

Faith-fueled satellite TV combats coronavirus ‘wave of fear’
(Press Release, Religion News Service)

How we respond to coronavirus outbreaks may depend on what we want from religion
(Jamie Aten, Religion News Service)

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Fleeing coronavirus and finding our mortality
(Tara Isabella Burton, RNS Column: Religion Remixed)

Worship in the age of coronavirus: Prayer, elbow bumps, hand sanitizer
(Julie Bosman and Mitch Smith, The New York Times)

Tajik believers encouraged to refrain from collective prayers over coronavirus

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