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Religion, Law and Covid-19 Emergency

Why this site?

The health emergency caused by the contagious virus SARS-CoV-2 is having many consequences also on religious rules – more broadly for the difficulties raising from the possible contradiction between the respect for the measures taken by civil authorities and religious rules. International law allows for the limitation˝ of the right to religious freedom on the grounds of protection of public health, and we are witnessing a situation of unprecedented restrictions on the global scale. As scholars engaged in the study of the legal regulation of the religious phenomenon, we have wanted to create a space to collect documents, comments and other useful materials related to the emergency, in order to assess the outcomes of the normative choices made by civil and religious authorities.

L’emergenza sanitaria prodotta dal contagioso virus SARS-CoV-2 sta producendo molte conseguenze anche sulle regole religiose, e più in generale sulle difficoltà che nascono in forza della potenziale contraddizione che può determinarsi fra il rispetto delle regole imposte dalle autorità civili e le regole religiose. Le norme internazionali ammettono che la libertà religiosa possa essere ristretta dalla legge per motivi di sanità pubblica, e stiamo assistendo ad un esercizio di restrizione su scala mondiale mai registrato in precedenza. Nella qualità di accademici impegnati nello studio della disciplina giuridica del fenomeno religioso, abbiamo pensato di creare uno spazio di raccolta di documenti, commenti, e altro materiale utile intanto ad affrontare l’emergenza, e in prospettiva a studiare gli esiti delle scelte normative che le istituzioni civili e quelle religiose stanno compiendo.

Recent Comments

Religious freedom at the time of coronavirus

by Gabriele Fattori
In the global emergency of COVID-19 three selected episodes, one in South Korea, one in Italy and one in Pakistan[1], demonstrate how religion, sometime and at any latitude, can still be a very strong motive which leads, in the name of faith, to challenge the democratic laws (where they exist) or common sense, the scientific evidence and, as in these cases, even fate[2].


USCIRF Condemns the Stigmatization of Religious Minorities during COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 8, 2020 USCIRF Condemns the Stigmatization of Religious Minorities during COVID-19 Pandemic Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today expressed its concern over reports that religious minority groups from around the world have faced discrimination because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Religious communities have been harassed and …

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The Tablet – Exclusive interview to Pope Francis: Pandemic can be a ‘place of conversion’

Here: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/features/2/17845/pope-francis-says-pandemic-can-be-a-place-of-conversion- Pope Francis leads a prayer service in St Peter’s Square, empty because of the coronavirus Photo: CNS/Vatican Media In an exclusive interview recorded for The Tablet – his first for a UK publication – Pope Francis says that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, …

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“COVID-19, Religion and Belief” Webinar Series 9-16-23 April

A web seminar series about strategies and initiatives of governments and religious groups to deal with Covid19 emergency organized by the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, the Center for Religious Studies at Bruno Kessler Foundation, the Center for Justice and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School-Rio de Janeiro, the International Center …

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Recent Documents

Don’t follow this example: an Italian bishop celebrates Holy Thursday Mass without respecting measures of hygiene and of security