The World Council of Churches, WCC is urging people to share accurate information, practice prevention, and pray for people suffering from the COVID-19, coronavirus outbreak. According to the WCC, the primary source for accurate information about coronavirus is the World Health Organization. The WCC has also warned against fake news which it says raises false alarms, and false confidence alike.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered yesterday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray for China. They prayed that China will overcome the Coronavirus and that it will not spread in China or elsewhere around the world. More than 70,000 people have been infected globally since the outbreak of the deadly disease.
Police in India are said to be investigating an attack on a bus carrying 70 Christians home from the 3rd National Congress of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches in Tamil Nadu earlier this month. Chief executive of religious freedom charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Mervyn Thomas said the attack is a worrying example of the religious intolerance and violence that is being allowed to fester and take root in the largest democracy in the world.
A 26-year-old man was arrested following a knife attack at a church in Moscow, Russia in which two people were wounded. The attacker’s motive is unknown but the police reportedly are not considering it to be a terrorist incident.
Leader of the UK House of Commons, Jacob Reees-Mogg has called on the owners of venues who cancelled the booking of US Evangelist Franklin Graham to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating on grounds of religion and belief. The opposition to his visit stems from comments he made about homosexuality which the LGBT community described as hateful. Mr. Graham is due to preach in eight different cities in the UK this summer. He has reportedly said the tour will go ahead despite the venue cancellations.