FROM READERS: Newman Center kids learn about Pope Francis through puppets, bingo

Joe Bradley found ways to help kindergartners at St. Thomas More Newman Center understand what it means for the Catholic Church to have a new pope.

Francis is first pope from the Americas

Jorge Bergoglio, 76, is known as a humble man who denied himself the luxuries that previous Buenos Aires cardinals enjoyed. He came close to becoming pope last time.

Catholic newspaper draws criticism from Kansas City bishop

The National Catholic Reporter called for Bishop Robert Finn's removal or resignation in September after he was convicted of failing to report suspected child abuse.

MU religious holiday guide intended to inform, not inflame

A story on the Fox News website asserted that MU treats Wiccan and pagan celebrations the same as mainstream holidays. An MU spokesman said it's not true.

American pope? Missouri native Dolan has long odds

Ballwin native Cardinal Timothy Dolan might represent the first real prospect of an American pope. Prevailing modern wisdom has been that a citizen of a superpower could not be elected pope.

New MU Hillel director steps in on temporary basis

Jeanne Snodgrass, the new director of MU Hillel, uses her experience with college students and business knowledge to expand programming. 

Lutheran Church Synod leader apologizes for Newtown pastor reprimand

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Matthew Harrison reprimanded an interfaith prayer vigil, which incited outrage among bloggers and social media posters. Harrison apologized for the reprimand Monday.

Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI draws reaction from Columbia Catholics

Local Catholics respond to the announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Monday.

Upward Basketball League about more than winning

One of three basketball leagues in Columbia, the program at Calvary Baptist Church has 38 teams and four cheer squads, bringing the total number of children involved to more than 400.

FROM READERS: The Altar at Olivet offers a mix between traditional, contemporary worship services

Brad Bryan, who leads worship at the Altar at Olivet at Olivet Christian Church, says his service provides the community with a service that is a balance of traditional worship with contemporary themes.

Missouri Catholic church laments theft of relics

The items were present in the church around the time of Christmas Masses, but cleaning crews noticed they were missing on Jan. 4.

Traveling pastor brings together Chinese Christian Church

Pastor Billy Ko brings experience from across the country and around the world to the Chinese Christian community.

Students celebrate Hanukkah with 9-foot tall menorah lighting

The Chabad Jewish Student Organization lit candles on a 9-foot tall menorah in the MU Student Center on Monday.

For Episcopal priest going to South Sudan, sewing is a mission

Christina Cobb, chaplain of Columbia's Episcopal Campus Ministry, will travel later this month to South Sudan to teach sewing to women without access to electricity.

In new Christian hymnal, poetry guides the page

MU professor Craig Roberts helped edit a hymnbook that is about to undergo its second printing.

FROM READERS: What being a dad has taught me

I've learned over the past 17 years that I don't have all the answers and that DVD players inside minivans are a useful part of life.

FROM READERS: Saint Andrews Lutheran Church celebrates completed renovation

Saint Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate the completion of its recent renovation project in a dedication service on Sunday.

Korean Presbyterian congregation finds home, friendship with historical church

Pastors at two Columbia Presbyterian churches — one providing services in Korean, the other in English — are building a relationship together through mission work and combined programs.

Members of Joplin mosque look to build stronger future

After the Joplin mosque was burned to the ground in August, the town's sense of community was challenged. Now, the Muslim community plans to rebuild the mosque, while the people of Joplin work to build a stronger community.

Call keeps pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Church motivated

Mary Hull-Lovett, the first female pastor of the 145-year-old St. Paul A.M.E. Church, has led the church for seven years.