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How the coronavirus pandemic has impacted faith

Religions without crowds of believers — this is how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting faith around the world.

Coronavirus: religion around the world

Islam

Instead of calling people to pray in the mosque, this muezzin in Kuwait is calling for people to pray at home. In predominantly Muslim countries, there are 5 calls to prayer each day. Normally, the muezzin is heard saying “come to prayer.” Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia, was briefly closed off for sterilization over fears of the coronavirus. Saudi Arabia has banned overseas visitors and suspended the Umrah pilgrimage, which Muslims are normally allowed to take any time of the year. In Iran, Shiite Muslims stormed a holy shrine in protest of its closure. The country closed down 2 popular shrines in the holy cities of Mashhad and Qom on March 16, 2020. Crowds usually pray there around the clock, touching and kissing the shrine. Despite having one of the highest death tolls outside China, Iran has not imposed any lockdowns. “Unnecessary” travel has been prohibited, Friday prayers have been cancelled but pilgrimages are still possible under these restrictions.

Catholicism

The Angelus prayer, traditionally recited every Sunday at noon by Pope Francis to crowds of people gathered on St. Peter’s Square, was instead live streamed on 4 massive screens. “Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. It's a bit strange this Angelus prayer today with the pope caged in the library but I see you and I am close to you. I am close in prayer to the people who are suffering because of the current coronavirus epidemic as well as to all those who are taking care of them.”, they prayed. Italy is on lockdown and the Vatican is now closed. But that didn’t stop the Pope from waving from his window. The Vatican has cancelled public participation for Easter events. And for the first time ever, this Christian holy site, Our Lady of Lourdes sanctuary, in France has closed. It’s usually a place of prayer for and with the sick, and has a water spring said to have miraculous healing properties.

Judaism

Jews wishing to visit relatives in Israel or take a pilgrimage to Israel for Passover, a major 7-day holiday starting on April 8, 2020, may find their entry to the country barred. Gatherings of more than 5,000 people in the country were banned on March 4, 2020. 1 week later, the number was reduced to 100, and plummeted down to 10 only 4 days after. Before the restrictions were put in place, a mass prayer took place at the Western Wall — the holiest site for Jews to keep the virus at bay.

Buddhism

In Taiwan, Buddhist worships and lectures are still taking place… online. The country has suspended all public gatherings at its temples.

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03/25/2020 1:00 PM

178 comments

  • JinHawk A.
    05/16/2020 15:08

    And Hindus still drinking cow piss lol no offense

  • Andrzej B.
    05/10/2020 16:05

    Rabi that was during second wold war, and for religious idiocy You die.

  • Thedoor A.
    05/09/2020 17:07

    Get oouuuut of mmmmmy waaayyy ..USA...get out if my wasaay...u assshiooold

  • Thedoor A.
    05/09/2020 17:06

    Incredible pagan site

  • Owais B.
    05/03/2020 22:57

    You are trying to be TRT Unfortunately that is not reachable It's not your cup of tea Which religion is practiced in India you didn't show anything about that

  • Tommy K.
    05/01/2020 19:40

    I thought Allah was the all mighty.

  • Felix G.
    04/28/2020 23:45

    The US also has this yearly Black Friday pilgrimage where they sacrifice thir body to the various gods like Sony, Samsung, Pioneer, etc. Pretty sure that a pandemic would not stop these zealots from their worship.

  • Jai P.
    04/28/2020 12:08

    The list of religions is incomplete. Is there a biasness ????

  • Ramya N.
    04/28/2020 08:09

    Bas India mein karne bolo toh they say its against their beliefs and religion. The above goes out for all religions

  • Maharaj B.
    04/27/2020 19:29

    Named Brut India. Doesn't even bother showing the religion of 80% of the nation. The hatred is strong in this one.

  • Sam A.
    04/24/2020 20:08

    Seems they still to close for Pope's prayer no mask

  • Amit K.
    04/24/2020 19:32

    Chutiye sirf tu ek hi kyu dikha rha hai, sab ne apne prayer places band rakhe hain. Chamcha with propaganda

  • E G.
    04/24/2020 14:36

    They lost their God..they are still searching for him until he finds him in the shrines, among the graves, in the Kaaba, in the western wall of Jerusalem and in the churches. He is close to us, waiting to enter our hearts, but the blind heart cannot see him

  • R D.
    04/23/2020 19:46

    MUJHE LGTA HAI MUSLIM DHARAM BALO KO SMJHANE KA KOI MTLB NHI HAI......

  • Prashant S.
    04/23/2020 11:14

    And what about Jammatis in India..

  • Ibrahim A.
    04/22/2020 14:12

    I really don't trust idolsim people news , cause they be spreading fakeism, .cats dogs , pigs goats, snakes, cow are there mother and fathers ,

  • Ogap L.
    04/22/2020 04:28

    Just don't provide medical treatment to all theist idiots let them all die out atleast population of idiots will decrease from face of this world

  • Hasan
    04/21/2020 12:08

    Just saying how comes islam gets this almost headlines alarming news starting background music.... while the rest of the habibis get peaceful melodies 😂😂😂🤙 😏😏😏😏 you sneaky little ..

  • Parveen S.
    04/21/2020 11:47

    Astaghfirullah May Allah forgive us Ameen

  • Zigi K.
    04/20/2020 10:13

    There is no Gods...

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