How do we keep the faith under lockdown? | Start Here

Much like our daily routines, religious and cultural rituals have been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. A global ban on gatherings has meant that holidays like Passover, Easter and Vaisakhi are being celebrated in isolation. The same is happening for Muslims observing Ramadan and Eid. Even those who aren’t religious are having to adapt – … Read more How do we keep the faith under lockdown? | Start Here

Confined at Easter: What lessons for humanity?

Empty streets make the first bank holiday in France since the start of lockdown nearly four weeks ago well essentially the same as any other. So how isolated are we? How connected are we in a time when usually churches are full and families gather for big holiday meals? This year the calendar had Easter … Read more Confined at Easter: What lessons for humanity?

Religious solidarity appeal & other topics – Daily Briefing (13 April 2020)

Noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: – Secretary-General’s Appeal – Middle East – COVID-19/Children – Syria – Libya – COVID-19/Kazakhstan – COVID-19/Comoros – Financial Contributions SECRETARY-GENERAL’S APPEAL During the weekend, as Christians celebrated Easter and Jews marked Passover, and with Ramadan about to begin soon, the … Read more Religious solidarity appeal & other topics – Daily Briefing (13 April 2020)

Passover in confinement: Virtual seder brings chaos & joy – Pamela Druckerman

“There is a real craving for connection and gathering,” says journalist Pamela Druckerman who describes hosting a virtual Passover seder and the heartening daily communion of France’s 8pm #ClapForCarers applauding of essential workers. Since confinement began, the author of There Are No Grown-ups has co-founded ‘Pandemonium U’ to provide online learning lectures. Subscribe to France … Read more Passover in confinement: Virtual seder brings chaos & joy – Pamela Druckerman

Coronavirus: How is religion adapting during lockdown?

Passover, Easter and the start of Ramadan are all happening in April, but this year faithful must practice their religion while observing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. As Britain’s communities have been driven apart by Covid-19, video apps have become an unlikely companion for religious leaders – offering a means to deliver sermons to … Read more Coronavirus: How is religion adapting during lockdown?

UN Chief Special Appeal to Religious Leaders (11 April 2020)

António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) Special Appeal to Religious Leaders – 11 April 2020 Today, I want to make a special appeal to religious leaders of all faiths to join forces to work for peace around the world and focus on our common battle to defeat COVID19. I do so at a special time on … Read more UN Chief Special Appeal to Religious Leaders (11 April 2020)

The World This Week: Holy Social Distancing Week

It’s a Holy Week unlike any other: the faithful have been kept at bay in Rome… and Jerusalem, where citizens are under orders to comply with strict observance of social distancing during Passover celebrations. François Picard’s panel also ponders whether Covid-19 might force Saudi Arabia to rethink its campaign in Yemen, whether despite Brexit, the … Read more The World This Week: Holy Social Distancing Week

Passover, Ramadan, Easter: How to celebrate at home – BBC News

This April has some of the most important religious celebrations of the year, including Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi and Ramadan. But how can people celebrate these traditional gatherings when many of us have to stay at home? Here are some tips from people of faith around the world on how to make the most of virtual … Read more Passover, Ramadan, Easter: How to celebrate at home – BBC News

Covid-19: Israelis observing confinement much more strictly at Passover than they did at Purim

If Israelis are observing holiday confinement much more strictly at Passover than during Purim, it’s because coronavirus has battered religious communities. France 24 Jerusalem correspondent Irris Makler reacts to Ultra-Orthodox Health Minister Yaakov Litzman contracting Covid-19 in #HolyWeek edition of #WorldThisWeek. Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YouTubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest … Read more Covid-19: Israelis observing confinement much more strictly at Passover than they did at Purim

Families celebrate virtual Passover

Jewish families across America are finding alternative ways to celebrate Passover amid social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7EST & 9EST WATCH the ABC News Live Stream Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_Ma8oQLmSM SUBSCRIBE to ABC NEWS: https://bit.ly/2vZb6yP Watch More on http://abcnews.go.com/ LIKE ABC News on FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/abcnews FOLLOW ABC News on … Read more Families celebrate virtual Passover

Orthodox Jewish community finding novel ways to celebrate holidays | ABC News

Many religious communities are turning to technology to stay in touch with their congregation but for the Orthodox Jewish community honouring Passover this week will mean finding alternative ways to celebrate the sacred holidays. Lydia Fang reports. For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on iview: https://ab.co/2OB7Mk1 … Read more Orthodox Jewish community finding novel ways to celebrate holidays | ABC News

Coronavirus – Covid-19: New York reports record 779 daily deaths

New York reported 779 Covid-19 deaths on April 8. This day marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on … Read more Coronavirus – Covid-19: New York reports record 779 daily deaths

Passover, Easter, Ramadan: Worship in a time of lockdown

For the faithful of the three main monotheistic religions, the spring of 2020 will be one to remember. In France, like in many other countries, strict lockdown policies mean synagogues, churches and mosques are off-limits. But as they celebrate Passover, Easter or Ramadan, religious leaders are often relying heavily on social media to maintain a spiritual link … Read more Passover, Easter, Ramadan: Worship in a time of lockdown

‘Portable priest’ leads mobile services as churches close despite lockdown

A priest has taken to the streets to carry out mobile church services and sermons via loudspeaker, despite admitting he risks breaching social distancing regulations. Pat Allerton, is the vicar at St Peter’s church in Notting Hill, west London. For the past two weeks he decided to pack a loudspeaker in his car and drive … Read more ‘Portable priest’ leads mobile services as churches close despite lockdown

COVID-19 interrupts religious holidays in Israel

Three religions celebrate their most important holidays this month. Easter for Christians, Ramadan for Muslims and Passover for Jews. Jerusalem is important for all those faiths, but the city is under lockdown. Tourists and worshippers are gone and the streets are empty. CGTN correspondent Stephanie Freid reports. Three religions celebrate their most important holidays this … Read more COVID-19 interrupts religious holidays in Israel