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Triple Vaccinated Vatican Chiefs Test Positive for Coronavirus

Triple Vaccinated Vatican Chiefs Test Positive for Coronavirus

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, his deputy, have tested positive for the coronavirus, reports veteran Vatican journalist Edward Pentin.

Vatican Threatens Unvaccinated Employees as Pope Francis Laments Layoffs

Vatican Threatens Unvaccinated Employees as Pope Francis Laments Layoffs

The Vatican threatened its unvaccinated workers Wednesday while Pope Francis prayed for all those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Orthodox observe Christmas amid virus concerns

Orthodox observe Christmas amid virus concerns

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest Orthodox congregation, said celebrants must wear masks and observe social distancing at services. The post Orthodox observe Christmas amid virus concerns appeared first on Religion News Service.

Orthodox Djokovic Spends Serbian Christmas in Australian Detention

Orthodox Djokovic Spends Serbian Christmas in Australian Detention

(AP) — Regardless of who made an error on the visa or the vaccination waiver or whatever, the reality Friday for tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic was spending one of his important religious holidays in an Australian detention hotel working on his challenge against deportation.

How East London’s oldest halal restaurant survived the pandemic

How East London’s oldest halal restaurant survived the pandemic

LONDON (RNS) — Halal Restaurant opened in 1939 to serve the needs of Muslims in the maritime industry. Over the ensuing decades the restaurant has changed alongside the rapidly shifting neighborhood. The post How East London’s oldest halal restaurant survived the pandemic appeared first on Religion News Service.

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

(AP) — Vaccine promoters are up against fear, mistrust, complacency, inconvenience and people who simply have bigger worries than COVID-19. The post Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots appeared first on Religion News Service.

Hard-hit by COVID, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots

Hard-hit by COVID, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — The group has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country despite being pummeled by the virus throughout the pandemic. The post Hard-hit by COVID, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots appeared first on Religion News Service.

In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests

In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests

CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Lutheran pastors across Saxony have used their sermons to promote vaccines as the most efficient way to end the pandemic. The post In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests appeared first on Religion News Service.

12 Governments Limiting Christmas Festivities over Coronavirus … Again

12 Governments Limiting Christmas Festivities over Coronavirus … Again

The governments of at least 12 countries worldwide have vowed to impose various restrictions on Christmas or New Year’s festivities in an effort to curb Chinese coronavirus transmission over the winter holiday season.

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas

(RNS) — Birthright Israel delegations and similar Jewish travel programs were exempted from a travel ban that has canceled Christian trips to Israel at Christmas. The post Exceptions for ‘Jewish tourism’ rankle US Christians blocked from Israel at Christmas appeared first on Religion News Service.