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The COVID-19 crisis presents faith communities around the world with unique challenges and opportunities to engage in contemporary debates on global health policy, bioethics, religious freedom, and social welfare. These resources consider how religion both impacts and is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on ethical, pastoral, policy, and theological issues.

Our Experts

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Paul Elie

Senior Fellow

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue

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Current and Past Projects

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Religious Responses to COVID-19

This project is a collaborative effort to explore the responses of religious actors to the COVID-19 pandemic and organize information so that it can be quickly found and used by development policymakers and practitioners and religious actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response.


Event Summary September 22, 2020

The COVID-19 Emergency in Sri Lanka: Strengths and Challenges

This event summary highlights contributions to an August 24, 2020 Berkley Center webinar on “The COVID-19 Emergency in Sri Lanka,” which brought together two development experts to reflect on how Sri Lanka has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog Posts


September 22, 2020

After the Last Border (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes

September 10, 2020

Dueling Pandemics: Faith, HIV, and COVID-19 (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 1 minutes

August 31, 2020

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Church (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes