Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Faith-based organizations like churches and other houses of worship can be eligible to receive federally-funded, forgivable loans through the coronavirus stimulus package, authorities clarified this week.And that includes payroll loans that could compensate ministers.“No otherwise eligible organization will be disqualified from receiving a loan because of the religious nature, religious identity, or religious speech of the organization,” the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in a statement Monday.CLICK FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAKThe move comes as state and local governments around the country have forced businesses deemed nonessential to shut their doors in an effort to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. The virus had killed at least 12,285 people in the United States as of Tuesday evening and infected 386,817.Churches, especially smaller ones, can rely on weekly contributions from their members — yet many are barred from holding services during coronavirus-related shutdowns around the country.SAMARITAN’S PURSE JET LANDS IN ALASKA WITH MASSIVE SHIPMENT OF MEDICAL GEAR FOR CORONAVIRUS RESPONSEThe funds will come through provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that allow the SBA to offer relief directly


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