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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What are the rules of social distancing?

A Sunday without church: In crisis, a nation asks, 'What is community?'
New York Times: Canceled religious services are another symbol of a lost chance to be still, to breathe and to gather together.

How forgers fooled the Bible museum with fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments
CNN: Last year, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, said five of its most valuable artifacts -- once thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls -- were fake. Now the museum is facing a harder truth: All of its 16 expensive fragments are forgeries.

US Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal
Associated Press: Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools and in the priesthood -- accounting for less than 19% of Catholic school enrollment and only about 3% of U.S.-based priests.

Barbara C. Harris, first female bishop in Anglican Communion, dies at 89
NPR: Barbara C. Harris, the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, died Friday in Massachusetts. She was 89.

Why faith communities are key partners in planning for a coronavirus outbreak
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Now is the time for our political, community and emergency service leaders to maintain or even deepen relations with communities of faith and faith-based service organizations as a key part of their preparation and response planning.

Campus chaplains, religious clubs advocate for students in a moment of anxiety
Religion News Service: As university campuses around the country shut down and move classes online in efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, chaplains and faith-based campus groups are stepping in to ease the transition.

Vatican says Easter events to be celebrated without visitors this year
HuffPost: In a step described as unprecedented in modern times, the Vatican said Sunday that all of Pope Francis' Holy Week events would not involve public participation.

Bishops ask postponement of GC2020
United Methodist News Service: With the coronavirus pandemic threatening lives around the globe, bishops are asking for a postponement of the General Conference.

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown
Bloomberg: The struggle to contain infections linked to a religious gathering has led Malaysia to resort to sweeping restrictions on people's movement, underscoring the challenge of upholding religious rights in fighting a pandemic.

What are the rules of social distancing?
Vox: Staying home will stem the coronavirus outbreak, but what if you're healthy -- and bored? Is it ethical to go to the gym, get your hair done, or order delivery?

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