Thu, 02 Apr 2020
A top medical expert has sharply criticised the founder of the Jewish Community Council of North London for urging the government to back a high-risk drug to treat coronavirus.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has released the full, weighted results of its 2019 membership survey on assisted dying, revealing an even greater shift in opinion from its 2013 poll.
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have expressed their shock at an emergency policy to allow "do-it-yourself abortions" during the coronavirus pandemic.
A minister is taking legal action against a Belfast hotel after claiming he was told by staff to stop a religious event promoting marriage.
Poland's Catholic Church is facing a tidal wave of compensation bills after the country's highest court ruled it is liable for damages for people abused by its priests and religious.
The Irish Times
Radical evangelist who says gays will burn in 'flames of hell' builds Covid-19 hospital in Central Park
An anti-gay evangelist who spearheads Samaritan's Purse has erected a 68-bed hospital in New York City's Central Park to assist with an influx of Covid-19 patients — while calling for "Christian" volunteers to join his crusade.
Wed, 01 Apr 2020
Police have been called to the Stamford Hill area to try to stop a small number of people within the Charedi Jewish community continuing to meet to pray.
The Jewish Chronicle
Whether in the Iranian shrine city of Qom or the Bible Belt of the United States, the zealots are even claiming they hold the cure to the pandemic, writes Borzou Daragahi.
The Independent (£)
A change which allows women to have home abortions during the coronavirus outbreak could face a judicial review.
‘Accidental pregnancy is more likely in lockdown - so all women must be able to get abortion pills in the post’
Ann Furedi says women need care during the coronavirus crisis.
The Telegraph (£)
Australia's prime minister has offered a prayer for the national cabinet to stay "strong and united" and committed the nation to God during times of "great need and suffering" as it responds to Covid-19.
Government in Israel bans outdoor prayers but allows restricted circumcision ceremonies during Covid-19 outbreak
Israel's cabinet has approved a set of new measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, including a ban on prayer quorums and limits on funerals and Jewish circumcision ceremonies.
The Times of Israel
Israeli police wearing masks raided synagogues in Jerusalem and other ultra-Orthodox areas yesterday which have flouted social distancing rules and become coronavirus hotspots.
The Times (£)
An appeals court in the US is allowing an executive order that blocks elective abortions in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic to remain in effect for now.
A judge in the US has temporarily blocked an effort that would have banned abortions in Alabama amid the coronavirus outbreak.
India and Pakistan sealed off centres belonging to a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and began investigating how many coronavirus cases were linked to its activities.
Canada is considering loosening its laws on euthanasia to make it them among the most relaxed restrictions in the world.
Tue, 31 Mar 2020
Patients in England can now have home abortions during the Covid-19 outbreak, the government in England has said.
A Jehovah's Witness sexually abused two young girls he met at their place of worship when he was a teenager.
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has appealed for victims to continue to contact it despite the coronavirus outbreak halting public hearings for the time being.
Police have said that videos being circulated of people allegedly attending a mosque during the lockdown were taken before the measures were introduced.
Hundreds of new cases of the coronavirus appeared in ultra-Orthodox enclaves in Israel over a short period of time, figures show, revealing a growth rate that far exceeds the national average.
Are religious ideologues on coronavirus threatening to tear apart the much needed human solidarity to overcome the pandemic?
Iraqis accuse religious leader of ‘weaponising’ coronavirus by blaming the pandemic on same-sex marriage
Iraqi Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr has been widely criticised online for claiming that the coronavirus pandemic was caused by same-sex marriage.
The first Jewish victim of the coronavirus in Argentina was cremated by local authorities, sparking a debate over respect for religious rituals during the outbreak.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020
Millions of people across the world tuned into online church services on Sunday as their usual places of worship were closed, but in some places clerics insisted on their doors remaining open.
A couple have been given suspended custodial sentences after being convicted of running an unregistered Muslim school.
Scottish church sues Edinburgh council over right to host American preacher who labelled homosexuality 'not normal behaviour'
A Scottish church has launched legal action against Edinburgh City Council over its right to host an American pastor who labelled homosexuality "not normal behaviour".
Edinburgh Evening News
Michael Gerard, who organised the programme of speakers that appeared every Sunday at Secular Hall in Leicester, has died.
Three constitutional challenges to a section of Singapore's penal code which criminalises sex between men have been dismissed.
This month in the United States, several neo-charismatic preachers decided not to cancel their church meetings and events – though some have since said they would move their meetings online.
Pakistani authorities struggled to limit congregational prayers on Friday with devout Muslims defying government orders to stay home, threatening efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
TV thriller Messiah has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season amid allegations of religious insensitivity, although the coronavirus pandemic may also have played a part in the decision.
Netflix's Unorthodox tells the harrowing story of a nineteen-year-old woman named Esty Shapiro, who flees her life in New York, and the Hasidic Jewish community in which she grew up.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020
Proposals have been re-published this week on behalf of three schools who are seeking to transform to controlled integrated status. But delays are expected in the development proposal process due to Department of Education staff tackling coronavirus.
The Irish News
Progressive Jewish movements have suspended circumcision ceremonies during the coronavirus outbreak, but Orthodox ceremonies are set to continue with reduced attendance.
The Jewish Chronicle
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the postponement of the Lambeth Conference, which would have gathered Anglican bishops from around the world, and the cancellation of several other events.
Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jews have held prayer meetings in Melbourne this week in defiance of strict social-distancing rules designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
An historic pub which has been demolished, with a mosque now expected to be built on the site.
The Bolton News
A charity is bidding to turn a former pub into a religious education centre and community hall.
Glasgow Evening Times
Thu, 26 Mar 2020
A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder.
Abortions in Northern Ireland can take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy "without conditionality", under new laws soon to be in force.
Coronavirus: Abortion services at risk of collapse with women denied procedures after government U-turn
Abortion services are at risk of collapse during the coronavirus crisis, with women already being denied terminations after a government U-turn on allowing home procedures was branded "cruel and reckless".
Jewish fatalities account for nearly 5% of the confirmed national death toll, data shows, despite the fact Jews make up just 0.5% of the British population.
The Church of England has closed all of its buildings with immediate effect after a UK-wide lockdown was imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Donald Trump is aiming to reopen "large sections of the country" by Easter, he told reporters on Tuesday. The US president said he picked Easter because "I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline, it's a great day".
As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity.
Planned Parenthood and other American health-care clinics sued Texas over an executive order that classifies abortion as "nonessential" and thus banned as part of the state's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vatican's offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered Italians home and shut down all non-essential businesses in an urgent attempt to contain the coronavirus.
Andorra, one of Europe's smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage.
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