RNS Morning Report: Nantes Arson Fuels Fear; Illinois Imam Resigns; Heuertz Allegations Refuted

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at the gothic St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, in Nantes, western France, on July 18, 2020. The fire shattered stained-glass windows and sent black smoke spewing from between its two 15th century towers. (AP Photo/Laetitia Notarianni)

Need to know: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

'Contradictory Feelings'

For French Catholics, arson at Nantes cathedral shows their religion is under attack

French Catholics have felt both anger and profound sadness after seeing another beloved cathedral in flames, only to learn that the fire was deliberately set by one of their own. More from Religion News Service

Oversight Questioned

Illinois imam resigns over sexist, racist social media posts

An imam at a suburban Chicago-area mosque has resigned after circulation of his social media posts using derogatory language toward Muslim women and a racial slur. More from Religion News Service

Allegations Upended

Investigation finds no evidence for recent allegations against Chris Heuertz

The investigation followed a public post signed by 33 men and women who wrote that Heuertz ‘has harmed many people.’ But none of the signers was willing to cooperate with the investigator. More from Religion News Service

Extensive Precautions

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj, as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom's oversight of one of Islam's key pillars and the safety of visitors. More from Religion News Service


For white Christians, racial justice starts with telling the truth

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to white Christians’ full participation in the movement for racial equality is an unshakable commitment to our own innocence, writes Robert P. Jones. More from Religion News Service

Apparent Espionage

The Vatican is said to be hacked from China before talks with Beijing

In one attack, the hackers weaponized an electronic file with a letter that had a note of condolence from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state. More from The New York Times