Vatican City
RNS

An elderly Italian priest who contracted the coronavirus reportedly offered his respirator to a younger patient and died due to the illness late on Sunday.

It’s a story that’s made headlines around the world and been shared on social media as

RNS

The White House held calls with religious leaders last week to encourage their support of its guidelines for addressing the coronavirus, gathering more than a thousand people on three phone calls.

President Donald Trump took part in at least one of the calls.

“On Friday, President Trump

The World Council of Churches has called for Christians across the world to join in praying the Lord's Prayer at noon, Rome time, on Wednesday, 25th March, as the world continues to grapple with the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

The call for prayer was first issued by Pope Francis

Tokyo, Japan/Athens, Greece
Reuters

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday to 2021, the first such delay in the Games' 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked the world's last sporting showpiece still standing this year.

Though a huge blow to Japan, which has invested $US12 billion

RNS

Bekah Stoneking doesn’t always get her Christmas tree taken down right away after the December holiday.

Sometimes Stoneking, who edits the Explore the Bible Sunday school materials for LifeWay Kids, will keep the fake tree up through the Christian celebration of Epiphany in January, glittering with warm,

Missionary journalist Dan Wooding, founder of ASSIST News Service, died last Wednesday morning in the UK at the age of 79.

In a Facebook post last week Wooding's sons Peter and Andrew said their father “peacefully passed away at 9am UK time" on 18th March.

Norma

Bangkok, Thailand
Thomson Reuters Foundation

A partial lockdown in Thailand to limit the spread of coronavirus exempts construction, exposing thousands of migrant workers to the deadly disease, human rights groups warned on Monday.

Thailand has more than 700 coronavirus cases, a health ministry spokesman said on Monday, the

Washington, DC/London, UK
Reuters

Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks.

WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity of the

Seoul, South Korea
Reuters

With international focus on the coronavirus, North Korea has doubled down on its missile development and military exercises in recent weeks while signalling new confidence that it has dodged an outbreak of its own.

Some international experts are sceptical of North Korea's assertion that

Wellington, New Zealand
Reuters

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appealed to New Zealanders to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, as the country prepared for a complete lockdown from Thursday to beat the spread of the virus.

Cases of COVID-19 crossed the 100 mark in New Zealand this week as

Mahiga-Meru, Kenya
Thomson Reuters Foundation

After desert locusts invaded her farm in central Kenya, Mary Muthoni, 61, ran around her maize fields shouting and banging on an old iron sheet in a desperate attempt to drive them away. 

"They came here yesterday evening and sat on top

Vatican City
RNS

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will be delivering an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing and indulgence due to the coronavirus pandemic that has been disrupting the world and has had its largest outbreak in Italy.

“Next Friday, March 27, at six in the

Geneva, Switzeraland/London, UK
Reuters

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, the World Health Organization said on Monday, with more than 300,000 cases now recorded and infections reported from nearly every country.

Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, said it had advised Olympic and Japanese officials about

Toronto, Canada/Tokyo, Japan
Reuters

The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday.

Major sporting nations Australia and Canada had already withdrawn on Monday as organisers came under global pressure to postpone

Melbourne, Australia
Reuters

The Australian Olympic Committee said on Monday it could not assemble a team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak and that its athletes should prepare for the Games to be postponed to 2021. 

AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll said the AOC's

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