RNS Morning Report: Mission Fire Investigation; Pandemic Mental Health; China Sanctions US Officials

The interior of the San Gabriel Mission is seen in the aftermath of a morning fire, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in San Gabriel, California. The fire destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of the 249-year-old church that was undergoing renovation. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Need to know: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Recent Protests Considered

Fire that destroyed roof of the San Gabriel Mission church remains under investigation

The fire has not only ignited Catholics to stand in support of the church, but also caused concern among Native people and scholars who fear the flames destroyed Indigenous artifacts and the structure itself, which was built by the Tongva people. More from Religion News Service

Processing Trauma

As depression, anxiety, grief spike during pandemic and protest, churches offer hope, mental health resources

Many Christian leaders, organizations and churches are providing resources not only to care for their spiritual and physical health, but also their mental health. More from Religion News Service

Retaliatory Response

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims. More from Religion News Service


Changing the Washington NFL team's name is something, but not enough

While this decision is a big one, it’s not enough to show that Indigenous peoples have a place in this nation and that we never deserved the genocide, hate and oppression we have faced, writes Kaitlin Curtice. More from Religion News Service

Purple Catholicism

Yes, Catholic Church got billions in federal coronavirus aid — and thank goodness

The AP's criticism of the Catholic Church's decision to apply for PPP loans misses the fact that many local Catholic organizations are staffed by essential workers, writes Charles C. Camosy. More from Religion News Service

Debated Status

Court ruling paves way for Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to revert to mosque

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has formally converted Istanbul’s crowning architectural jewel, the Hagia Sophia, from a museum into a mosque – a politically charged decision that has drawn international criticism but delighted his conservative base. More from The Guardian