Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Pope John Paul II stepped foot on Cuban soil in January of 1998, it was with much hope. Though the Clinton administration encouraged the visit, it also promised it would do nothing to lift the embargo that went into place in 1962. But John Paul’s aim was to foster […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal December 25th is perhaps the most monumental birthday of all time. But for those who share a birthday with the baby Jesus, and even those born around “the most wonderful time of the year,” it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. “The worst thing you can do […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It’s a common adage that a church is the people, not the building. But it’s also true that a church building is more than just a structure. If you ask an architect, any building is. In so many ways, a building is an outward representation of the purpose it helps […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Together with volunteers, the Salvation Army worked as a well-oiled machine, distributing thousands of gifts to hundreds of families out of the Tupelo Furniture Market’s Building V Friday morning. At the beginning of last week, Salvation Army social services director Susan Gilbert expressed worry about the Angel Tree. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Mary Ann Plasencia of Tupelo, a first-generation Cuban-American, first heard the news Wednesday that the Obama administration had announced a normalization of relations with Cuba, she bristled. Plasencia’s parents and two brothers fled Cuba in 1961 after the Castro government froze all their assets. Plasencia was born in the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – When the Tupelo Aquatic Center was in the works, there were doubters about the $11 million investment. After a year of operation, if you ask Keith Williams if the center was worth it, he doesn’t even have to think. “I tell people it’s the best exercise you can […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Sunday morning, the 60 or so members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church mingled outside the church’s sanctuary. A table laden with the sacred vessels of communion was set up outside the door. Across McCullough Boulevard, trees bent and broken from the April 28 tornado lined the landscape around […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – With the turn-in deadline of Saturday looming, the Salvation Army Angel Tree is not where it was hoped to be. “We still have quite a few angels out,” said the Army’s director of social services Susan Gilbert. “And many of the ones coming in are still light.” The […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Remington model 700 rifle is one of the most tried and true firearms ever produced, selling literally billions. Kevin Tate, vice president of media productions for Mossy Oak in West Point and the Daily Journal’s outdoors writer, said its simple bolt action mechanics lend renowned accuracy and reliability. Though […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August has echoed across the country. In the five months since, people have found themselves looking to religious leaders to navigate the unrest as elements of that case and several others have come to light. Old […]