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Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

A sobering new report released today by Gospel for Asia in the wake of World Water Day reveals that two billion people globally are struggling to find enough water to survive.

Twenty-five years after a hopeful vision for addressing gender inequities around the world was adopted, progress has been made, but impacts have been uneven, and persistent inequalities and human rights abuses remain.

Religious beliefs are being used as justification for discriminatory actions across the world, a trend highlighted in a report published on March 2 by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Bread for the World, a prominent Christian advocacy group dedicated to ending hunger, has elected Seattle pastor and author the Rev. Eugene Cho as its new president.

Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem indefinitely over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season.

Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fought the spread of a new virus.

The terrorist group Boko Haram destroyed three worship sites and an unspecified number of houses in northeast Nigeria Friday night (Feb. 21), according to area residents.

While no Americans have died from the coronavirus thus far, it is the Chinese American community that has borne the brunt of the health scare and it has also been the one to implement wide-ranging safety precautions.

Restrictions and dwindling crowds in religiously diverse places of worship underscore the extent of the scare over the coronavirus outbreak that has permeated many aspects of life in the hard-hit Asian region, where more than 1,500 have already died.