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Faiths mourn Covid’s one million dead

Faith leaders have expressed sadness and sorrow at the news that one million people have died of the coronavirus. They urge people to take responsiblity, stay safe and prevent further deaths.

Religion news 18 September

Jewish communities prepare to welcome int he New Year with services and family gatherings limited by the rule of six; People are suffering ‘moral injury’ in pandemic, unable to live their values due to restrictions; Research project to map interplay of faith, ethnicity and deprivation through the pandemic.

Archbishop preaches localism

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a more localised response to covid19 is welcomed for valuing the parish – the ‘church’s little platoons’. But commentators suggest the church itself has swung towards central command.

Gay atheist appointed church’s community reporter

St Margaret’s church in Rainham is employing a journalist to dig out stories about the local community after residents bemoaned the lack of neighbourhood news. The recruit is gay, an atheist from a Catholic upbringing, who says the church and journalists should work together to serve the community.