RNS Morning Report: Notre Dame Restorations; Faith and Poverty Forum; Caregiver Report

The Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, second left, leads the first mass in a side chapel, two months after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral on June 15, 2019, in Paris. (Karine Perret, Pool via AP)

Need to know: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Defining Purpose

Notre Dame is more than a tourist attraction, says Paris archbishop

At the first mass celebrated at Notre Dame since a fire destroyed its roof and spire, Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit reminded worshipers and viewers on television that the cathedral's primary identity is as a church, rebutting some restoration plans that focus on its historical value. More from Religion News Service

Addressing Issues of Poverty

Joe Biden and other candidates speak to diverse faith leaders, activists

Former Vice President Biden cited a family member who once responded to encouragement “Joey keep the faith!” by saying “No Joey, spread it — spread the faith!” More from Religion News Service

“Called to Care”

New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers

The report recommends that houses of worship provide volunteers who can help care recipients navigate their health decisions or give respite to caregivers. More from Religion News Service

Assisting Victims

At 87, ‘disaster deacon’ opens his heart — and church — to flooding victims

Across the Midwest, 28 Red Cross and community shelters in five states have tended to the victims of flooding, tornados and other natural disasters. Many of those shelters are at houses of worship. More from Religion News Service


The Trebek effect: The benefits of well wishes

As a practicing physician who teaches large numbers of medical students and residents, I believe that sharing well wishes benefits us in all sorts of ways that are not reflected in medical outcomes, writes Richard Gunderman. More from Religion News Service

Significant Cuts

Cuts at Liberty hit divinity

Divinity is chopping faculty slots and has lost students steadily in recent years at evangelical university, which has long said religion is central to its programs. More from Inside Higher Ed




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