Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

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A Vanishing Priest, a Wall of Secrecy and a 25-Year-Old Abuse Case

Religious orders have their own hierarchies, so they have their own ways of handling abuse allegations.

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Pastor Killed in Texas Church Shooting, Officials Say

The pastor of a Methodist church was killed, the authorities said.

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Greek Orthodox Church Faces Criticism as Virus Hits Its Ranks

Church leaders have backed government restrictions, but defiance by hard-liners and a commitment to the sacrament of communion, taken with a shared spoon, may undercut good intentions.

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Pastors at the Polls? Meet Ohio’s Election Protection Squad

After the most tense election season in generations, clergy members are being trained and deployed to defuse potentially violent encounters on Election Day.

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A Radical Cleric Ignites an Islamist Resistance in Afghanistan

The cleric’s supporters in Herat are enforcing harsh Shariah law reminiscent of the Taliban’s. Women are alarmed, and the government has been able to do little.

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Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.

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Supreme Court Stays Execution of Texas Inmate Over Issue of Spiritual Adviser

Ruben Gutierrez’s lawyers argued that he had the right to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution.

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

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Trump’s Visits to Church and Shrine Draw Fierce Rebukes From D.C. Clergy

The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.

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Pakistan Coronavirus Lockdown Is Thwarted by Imams as Ramadan Nears

The government gave in to clerics’ demands that mosques be allowed to stay open during the Islamic holy month. Now critics are asking who’s in charge.

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Stirring Sermons About Coronavirus, in Empty Cathedrals

With large gatherings banned, ministers will preach messages of calm and compassion on Sunday as parishioners watch on live stream.

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