Pope Francis is the first pope to take the name of the founder of the Franciscan order. Maybe his ability to breathe new life into the Vatican is reflected in the life of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. (AP photo)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Jorge Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pope last March, few could have predicted how trendy his papacy would become. In his 10 months as pontiff, hardly a week has gone by without report of the Pope’s many unconventional approaches to the office. He has attracted the secular spotlight, […]

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The Rev. Dave Dowdy recently began his tenure as preacher at First Baptist Church. The former youth minister served eight years as preacher at Walnut Grove Baptist Church before answering the call in Aberdeen.

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Chapter 119 of Psalms is Bro. Dave Dowdy’s favorite part of the Bible and he lives by it. Verses 9-11 especially hold true to his pledge as a preacher as he keeps the Lord’s word in his heart and lives by it to stay pure. “I want […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal A fire burned in the sanctuary of Harrisburg Baptist Church on Sunday, as one of the largest churches in Northeast Mississippi celebrated paying the final bill on its facilities by burning the note in an urn during morning worship. “I usually preach very practical messages,” said the Rev. Forrest Sheffield. […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal For many, the early days of the new year mark the first shaky baby steps toward fulfilling their resolutions for 2014. While some take the occasion to shed a few pounds, stop a bad habit, or start a good one, others resolve to read the entire Bible, embarking on a […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal So often, the issue of childhood hunger seems half a world away, but a First United Methodist Church Sunday school group has found food insecurity is affecting children right in Tupelo’s backyard. Cathy Grace, a member of the group, said they became concerned for students dependent on school-provided meals when […]

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Tupelo resident Pamela Cox has collected dozens of three wise men figurines over the years. The trio is consistently present in every rendition of Christ's birth, but hard facts about them are few and far between.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal In the Christmas season, when nativity scenes abound in yards, living rooms, and parades, there is no shortage of presence by the legendary three wise men described in the book of Matthew. However, their appearance on the scriptural stage is strangely brief and equally vague. Matthew is the only gospel […]

By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times Even after all these years, Bro. Jimmy Davis still believes in God. That’s never changed. Spread across the large coffee table in the living room of his Fulton home were five copies of the Holy Bible. More were in the back, Davis said. It’s the kind of thing a […]

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Edna opens a Christmas gift Friday morning at Cafe 212. A few weeks ago, 212 co-owner Amanda Hayden asked Edna what she would like for Christmas and posted her response online when Edna wished for a bath towel. The post attracted hundreds of views and gifts for Edna, who has elected to unwrap one each day through Christmas.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The first time Cafe 212 owners Jason and Amanda Hayden met Edna, they had just opened the small restaurant downtown. In the years since, Edna and her infectious good attitude have become somewhat of a staple around the place. “She came in off the street wanting a cup of water […]

Associated Press JACKSON – The Rev. Joseph Kopacz has been appointed bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, which includes Northeast Mississippi, to succeed Bishop Joseph Latino who reached the age of retirement. The appointment by Pope Francis was announced Wednesday and was released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganr, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. […]