RNS Morning Report: Rep. John Lewis Dies; John Powell Killed in Accident; Remembering C.T. Vivian

In this Nov. 18, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., poses for a photograph under a quote of his that is displayed in the Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Need to know: Monday, July 20, 2020

Good Trouble

John Lewis, preaching politician and civil rights activist, dies at 80

From childhood, when Lewis preached to chickens on his family farm, to his twilight years, faith was the fuel of his life. More from Religion News Service

'Shocked and Shaken'

Texas church planter John Powell killed in accident

Powell's unexpected passing was mourned by Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Russell Moore. A GoFundMe site has been set up to assist his family. More from Religion News Service

Stalwart Activist

Rev. C.T. Vivian, longtime civil rights activist, dies at 95

Vivian gained global attention in 1965, when he confronted a sheriff on the steps of a courthouse as activists attempted to register to vote. More from Religion News Service

Reopening Paused

Under new California rules, LA Catholic schools will no longer be able to resume in-person classes

'Though our return to our beloved campuses will be delayed for now, we will return,' said Paul M. Escala, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese. More from Religion News Service

Spiritual Politics

Pompeo's rights commission delivers an implicit critique of Trump

A report with a more expansive of human rights than the secretary of state — or his boss — may have anticipated, writes Mark Silk. More from Religion News Service

Investigation Opened

Arson suspected in fire at 15th-century Nantes cathedral

A fire that broke out in a cathedral in the western French city of Nantes blew out stained-glass windows and destroyed the grand organ in the 15th-century building, officials said. More from The Guardian