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.
Religious orders have their own hierarchies, so they have their own ways of handling abuse allegations.
The pastor of a Methodist church was killed, the authorities said.
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.
After the most tense election season in generations, clergy members are being trained and deployed to defuse potentially violent encounters on Election Day.
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.
Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.
Ruben Gutierrez’s lawyers argued that he had the right to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution.
The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.
The Episcopal bishop Mariann Edgar Budde and the Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory said the president was using holy sites as political props.
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.
With large gatherings banned, ministers will preach messages of calm and compassion on Sunday as parishioners watch on live stream.