Noor Islamic Cultural Center

Adora Namigadde

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about major changes in how people exercise religion and express faith. 

The interior of St. Patrick's Catholic Church while it was open for limited silent prayer earlier this week. Friday, Bishop Robert Brennan announced all parishes should close their doors effective immediately.
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A priest dressed in purple Lenten robes stands behind an altar and recites the opening prayer of the Catholic mass. “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” begins Father Daniel Dury. 

A lone cameraman responds, “Amen.”

Worshipers at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus.
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Last month, a gunman killed 50 people and injured 50 others at a mosque and Islamic center in New Zealand. In response to that and other recent attacks, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a roundtable on how to protect houses of worship from domestic terrorism and hate crimes.

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Columbus is a city that’s home to thousands of immigrants. In conjunction with WOSU-TV's documentary Columbus Neighborhoods - New Americans, 89.7 is profiling immigrants who have settled here. In the latest installment of 89.7’s New American Voices series, WOSU's Sam Hendren profiles Noorgul Dada who came here from Afghanistan.