Mon, 30 Mar 2020
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.
Wed, 25 Mar 2020
The UK government published then deleted changes to abortion law that would have allowed women to access medical terminations without travelling to a clinic, leaving women's health charities "staggered".
Angry MPs are demanding to know why changes to make it easier for women to have an abortion safely during the coronavirus crisis were "mysteriously" withdrawn.
Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram jihadists on armed forces in the country, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Tuesday.
Afghan security forces are battling militants who stormed a temple belonging to the Sikh religious minority in central Kabul.
As US states ramp up restrictions to contain the coronavirus, Texas has joined Ohio in deeming nearly all abortions as non-essential procedures that must be delayed.
The governor of Mississippi has vowed he would take action against his state's sole remaining abortion clinic if it provides abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tue, 24 Mar 2020
The member for the SNP suggested that parishioners should "take risks and trust in Jesus".
Premier Christian News
The change came amid a mounting backlash among MPs and religious leaders.
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has performed a U-turn over holding public services during the escalating coronavirus crisis, having initially they would continue indefinitely throughout the pandemic.
Two members of London's ultra-Orthodox community died of coronavirus at the weekend, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said. But in Stamford Hill, an area of north-east London with a large Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, population, some synagogues are still open.
Muslim groups have repeated calls for mosques to close during the coronavirus crisis after some held Friday prayers.
Followers are flouting social distancing rules and have held an 11-day meeting, at the Best Western Bell Hotel in Driffield, East Yorkshire.
Mon, 23 Mar 2020
"Religious staff" are included in a new list of "key workers" who are exempt from the nationwide closure of schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
A proposed amendment, backed by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, would require local authorities to consult families or faith groups before cremating people from religious backgrounds during the coronavirus outbreak. This follows the proposal of emergency measures which would enable councils to direct cremations if necessary.
The Jewish Chronicle
The worker, who has family in Stamford Hill, urged the authorities to act after reports that some among the Charedi community were not observing the recommended practices of social distancing.
The Jewish Chronicle
The Ohio Attorney General's office ordered abortion clinics in the state to stop performing "nonessential" abortions and surgeries amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to letters the AG's office sent.
A major evangelical church in Brazil has won a court battle to remain open despite warnings that large gatherings will help spread the coronavirus.
As evangelical Christians use their influence with Brazil's government to cast their net ever wider, indigenous people vulnerable to common diseases face a growing threat.
Earlier this week, several prominent rabbinic leaders in Israel announced that they would not comply with government directives, stating that their schools and yeshivas would remain open.
The Jerusalem Post
Fri, 20 Mar 2020
New legislation passed by Holyrood takes Scotland a step closer to the goal of eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation, MSPs have been told.
The Church of England has imposed new measures saying weddings held in its churches can only include the legal minimum amount of people. Meanwhile civil ceremonies will be judged on a case by case basis.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Bangladesh for a mass prayer session on Wednesday, despite fears it posed a risk of spreading the new coronavirus.
State and local shutdown orders shouldn't exempt religious gatherings, and those communities should comply, says John Inazu.
Bolton Council of Mosques has paid £25,000 a year to lease a building owned by its chairman Asif Patel and his family for more than a decade. It has spoken out to defend the arrangement.
Manchester Evening News
Government adviser wins damages over false accusation he supported hanging of Christian woman in Pakistan
Leeds imam and government adviser Qari Asim has been awarded damages and a full apology after the Mail on Sunday and Mail Online falsely accused him of supporting the hanging of a Christian woman in Pakistan.
The Yorkshire Post
A primary school teacher in Somerset has been banned from profession after anti-Islamic comments were found on his Facebook page and he shared "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" views in the classroom.
Seeking an abortion was a crime until now, but new legislation has removed the stigma and given women a choice, says justice minister Andrew Little.
Indonesia's education system – while accessible for all – employs teaching curriculum and learning materials that fail in challenging traditional roles and changing social attitudes towards women.
A conservative Christian pastor issued an angry rebuke of churches taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, calling them "sissies" and "pansies" who have been "neutered."
Thu, 19 Mar 2020
"No current Catholic or Anglican leader would come before this inquiry now and seriously try to maintain that clerical sex abuse scandals had never happened," says Richard Scorer, NSS vice president who is representing core participants in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
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