Pope accepts resignation of bishop who didn't report abuse

Bishop Robert Finn, of Kansas City, Missouri, leaves a meeting in this November 2011 file photo at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn, who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser, answering demands of victims to crackdown on bishops who covered up for pedophiles.

Bishop Robert Finn, 62,  was allowed to resign earlier than the normal retirement age of 75. As the leader of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, he waited six months before notifying police about a priest whose computer contained lewd images of children.

Missouri bishops say more executions is a 'grave concern'

In a letter to state leaders, the bishops questioned whether is was possible to thoroughly review each case when executions are carried out so "routinely."

On-call for faith and healing: Hospital chaplains are prepared to help

Chaplains have been an integral part of health care for generations. Dating back to the Civil War, chaplains were called upon to aid disabled veterans, and today, in Columbia, spiritual care is available 24/7 thanks to on-call chaplains.

Downtown Columbia churches unite for Palm Sunday procession

Members from seven downtown Columbia churches hold service in the middle of Ninth Street and Broadway on Sunday to start the Christian celebration of Holy Week.

Presbyterians approve gay marriage in church constitution

Church leaders released statements Tuesday urging "mutual forbearance" amid disagreements over the amendment.


Major survey finds record low confidence in government

The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress.


MU, Columbia Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday

Churchgoers celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Newman Center, marking the first day of Lent. Many attendees participated in Holy Communion and had ashes put on their foreheads.

Episcopal church in eastern Missouri closes after 178 years

St. Paul's Episcopal Church was the third Episcopal church established in Missouri. A sale of the property is pending.


Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women is criticized for its use of a sexy blonde on its Internet promo video. The video was quickly taken down.

Mormon missionaries explain their work in Missouri

Elders Jake Fullmer and Tanner Tippetts, both of Utah are in the midst of performing  missionary work in Maryville for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church strongly encourages missionary service for young men.

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Even before the pontiff's remarks, several conservative U.S. commentators had been pre-emptively attacking the encyclical — a papal letter traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

5 things to know about the pope's statement on climate change

Pope Francis is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change, which will then be translated into several languages. The pope said he expects the document to be released in June or July.

Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

None of the new cardinals came from the United States. Cape Verde, Tonga and Myanmar gained cardinals for the first time. The picks make clear that the pope is laying out a new vision of the Catholic Church's identity.

Hard-line U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke loses another Vatican job

The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles.

U.S. bishops struggling under Francis' pontificate

With Pope Francis moving toward crafting new policies, some bishops and conservative Catholics have been left confused by the pope's actions and statements.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Dances of Universal Peace unites members through song and dance

Members of the Columbia community express the ideas of peace and joy through sacred songs and dances of world religions.

FROM READERS: Church program gives second chances

Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.


Congregation volunteers at food bank for nationwide event

Around 100 church members from Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia helped pack 2,760 boxes at Sunday's event.

With new building, Karis Church deepens roots in Columbia

Karis Church has been in Columbia for the past nine years. The congregation has met at the Missouri Theatre, The Tiger Hotel and The Bridge, but now has its first permanent home.

A year later, African refugee is ordained at First Baptist Church

Members of First Baptist Church celebrated the ordination of African refugee Nene Rwenyaguza Saturday night. Rwenyaguza was reunited with his family last year after 11 years apart.