Religion and politics

FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people hold signs protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order that shut down much of the state's economy and imposed social distancing, in her effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. A judge in rural Oregon on Monday, May 18, tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Brown, saying she didn’t seek the Legislature's approval to extend the stay-at-home orders beyond a 28-day limit. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
May 18, 2020 - 11:53 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court late Monday halted a rural judge's order earlier in the day that had tossed out statewide coronavirus restrictions imposed by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff had ruled that Brown erred by not seeking the...
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Father Jose Maria Galvan, wearing gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, places the host in the hands of a parishioner during the morning mass at St. Eugenio Church, in Rome, Monday, May 18, 2020. Italy partially lifted lockdown restrictions Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 18, 2020 - 8:04 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy and the Vatican opened a new phase in the virus crisis Monday, with churches resuming public Masses after a sharp confrontation between the Italian church and state over limits on worshipping in the era of COVID-19. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperature of the...
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People relax in marked circles for proper social distancing at Domino Park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn during the current coronavirus outbreak, Sunday, May 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
May 17, 2020 - 8:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On a weekend when many pandemic-weary people emerged from weeks of lockdown, leaders in the U.S. and Europe weighed the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop. In separate stark warnings, two major European leaders...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, a portrait of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, an important religious leader second only to the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, is seen as exile Tibetans mark his birthday in Dharmsala, India. Tibet’s self-declared government-in-exile marked the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of the boy named as Tibetan Buddhism’s second highest figure by calling on China on Sunday, May 17, 2020 to account for his whereabouts. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia, File)
May 17, 2020 - 1:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Tibet’s self-declared government-in-exile marked the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of a boy named as Tibetan Buddhism’s second highest figure by calling on China on Sunday to account for his whereabouts. The Tibetan parliament in northern India, known as the Kashag, said the...
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Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks Monday, May 11, 2020, at his media briefing on the state's COVID-19 response at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., announcing that his stay-at-home directive will end with the Phase 1 reopening of the state on Friday, May 15. Dr. Alex Billioux, M.D., right, assistant secretary of health for the La. Dept. of Health's Office of Public Health, looks on. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP, Pool)
May 16, 2020 - 9:55 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: __ Venezuela sees its largest one-day virus increase...
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A medical worker takes a swab from a resident for the coronavirus test during home visits in Wuhan the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei province, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Some residential compounds in Wuhan have begun testing inhabitants for the coronavirus as a program to test everyone in the Chinese city of 11 million people in 10 days got underway. (Chinatopix via AP)
May 15, 2020 - 2:01 am
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China’s foreign minister lashes out and says...
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Documents that U.S. health officials have released as part of some long-delayed specific guidance that schools, businesses, and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns are photographed Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a set of six “decision tool” documents. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
May 14, 2020 - 9:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday released some of their long-delayed guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted six one-page “decision tool” documents that use...
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Montenegrin police officers block the street during a protest in Niksic, Montenegro, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Montenegrin police used tear gas to disperse protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests who were detained for organizing a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)
May 14, 2020 - 7:33 am
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of eight Serbian Orthodox Church priests jailed for leading a religious procession despite a ban on gatherings related to the new coronavirus...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2020 file photo, Pastor W.R. Starr II preaches during a drive-in Easter Sunday service while churchgoers listen from their cars in the parking lot at Faith City Christian Center in Kansas City, Kan. As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll conducted April 30 - May 4, 2020 points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 13, 2020 - 11:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. Questions about whether states and...
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Hassan Bouda, center rear in white, and imam Hamid Belkasmi, rear right in green, offer prayers after lowering the coffin of Mbarka Bouda into a grave at the Riyad Al Jannah, or Garden of Paradise, cemetery in Zuidlaren, northern Netherlands, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. As measures to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus grounded flights and closed borders around the world, even the dead are affected because their bodies cannot be flown home for burial in the places they were born. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
May 13, 2020 - 2:31 am
ZUIDLAREN, Netherlands (AP) — Mbarka Bouda would have preferred to be buried in her hometown in Morocco. But with her home country in a strict coronavirus lockdown, she was laid to rest at a new Muslim cemetery in this small town in the northeastern Netherlands. “It was a good second choice,” said...
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