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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.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, will be observed in different ways because of the coronavirus, with online services replacing overflowing synagogues and pages of tips for celebrating with immediate family at home instead of large social events.
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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.
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