A virus that hits all faiths tests religion’s tie to science

NEW YORK (AP) — Most leaders of major religions around the world have supported governments’ efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic by limiting gatherings. But a minority of the faithful — in both religious and secular institutions — have not. No matter their reasons, that minority of voices calling for in-person worship to continue has been met with growing calls for the devout to protect each other’s physical well-being first. Yet for some believers, particularly those whose churches, synagogues and mosques are important community centers, that focus appears to conflict with the very fabric of their lives.