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Monday's News & Ideas - 3/16/2020

  • Canceled Sunday services
  • Bible museum fragments fake
  • Hispanic Catholic numbers
  • First female Anglican bishop dies
  • Faith key in combating COVID-19
  • Books for a quarantine

A Sunday without church: In crisis, a nation asks, ‘What is community?’
New York Times: Canceled religious services are another symbol of a lost chance to be still, to breathe and to gather together.

How forgers fooled the Bible museum with fake Dead Sea Scroll fragments
CNN: Last year, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, said five of its most valuable artifacts -- once thought to be part of the historic Dead Sea Scrolls -- were fake. Now the museum is facing a harder truth: All of its 16 expensive fragments are forgeries.

US Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal
Associated Press: Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools and in the priesthood -- accounting for less than 19% of Catholic school enrollment and only about 3% of U.S.-based priests.

Barbara C. Harris, first female bishop in Anglican Communion, dies at 89
NPR: Barbara C. Harris, the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion, died Friday in Massachusetts. She was 89.

Why faith communities are key partners in planning for a coronavirus outbreak
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Now is the time for our political, community and emergency service leaders to maintain or even deepen relations with communities of faith and faith-based service organizations as a key part of their preparation and response planning.

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A dystopian reading list: Books to enjoy while in quarantine
From tales of pandemic to reflections on isolation, here is The Guardian’s list of books to keep you going during a quarantine.

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