COVID-19 Risks Prompt Saudi Arabia to Restrict Hajj for a Second Year
As in 2020, foreigners eager to perform Islam’s holiest pilgrimage, the Hajj, will not be permitted to enter the kingdom of Saudi Arabia because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
Sikh Humanitarian Groups Come to the Aid of COVID-19 Victims in India
As India braces for a third wave of COVID-19 infections, faith-based Sikh nongovernment organizations are providing life-saving oxygen concentrators free of cost to people who have trouble breathing.
Muslims Celebrate a Much More Normal Ramadan Compared to 2020
Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan began April 13 under more relaxed restrictions compared to last year.
Israeli Families Once Again Celebrate Passover Together
After a year contending with COVID-19 and regulations preventing the gathering of friends and extended families, for Passover this year, with coronavirus infections plummeting, the country has eased restrictions and families are celebrating together once again.
February 17, 2021 •
UK Scientologists Interfaith Outreach Helps Sustain Houses of Worship of Diverse Faiths Throughout the Pandemic
In times of adversity or danger, people often turn to their houses of worship for the succor and support they need. A Scientology sanitization initiative helped congregations practice their faiths in safety.
November 10, 2020 •
Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference Resumes Fall Webinars
The Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference (SEAFoRB), an annual assembly of religious freedom advocates, human rights groups, academics and policymakers, resumed its 2020 series of webinars today in Bangkok, Thailand.
October 21, 2020 •
Scientology Prayer for Total Freedom Shared in Online Interreligious Prayer Meeting in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
With more than a million COVID-19-related deaths reported internationally and a second wave of new cases surging throughout Europe, several Scientology ministers took part in an interfaith prayer for peace and the end to the pandemic.
September 18, 2020 •
Jews Everywhere Welcome the New Year in the Year of the Coronavirus
As the sun sets around the globe September 18, 2020, Jews everywhere celebrate Rosh Hashanah with an eye to preventing a surge in COVID-19.
“We Can Lift This World While Quarantined” — Scientology and the 2020 Pandemic
A book by Rosita Šorytė, Lithuanian diplomat and president of the International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees, draws its title from the lyrics of a viral music video produced by Scientology Media Productions, the global media center of the Church of Scientology in Hollywood.
Survey Finds Faith Strengthened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
One in four Americans reports their faith has become stronger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a nationwide survey.
National Day of Mourning and Lament to Honor Coronavirus Victims
As the United States crossed a grim milestone at 100,000 coronavirus deaths on May 27, the Episcopalian Church joined more than 100 religious institutions in calling for a National Day of Mourning and Lament on June 1.
Coronavirus Makes it Hard on the Poor During Ramadan
As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins April 23, Muslims are experiencing radical changes in the way it is observed.
COVID-19 is Changing the Way Ramadan Will Be Observed
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran are among the major Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East to ban public religious gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan in an effort to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Andrea Bocelli’s Music of Hope Inspires the World
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli brought comfort to millions on Easter Sunday with his concert of sacred music in the Duomo di Milano, the historic cathedral in Milan. Bocelli sang alone in an empty cathedral.
Palm Sunday Services Live-Streamed Across the Globe
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Week began today in a most unique and unusual way.