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By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Demolition began on Madison Street this week, as earth-moving equipment was used to flatten a pair of dilapidated structures on the east side of the road, just a block north of the Lee County Library. The two houses and their lots are properties of the First Baptist Church, […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – For Northeast Mississippians who witnessed the Pope’s tour through Washington, New York and Philadelphia, the spiritual high still lingers. “It was amazing,” said Veronica Lopez, who works for the Hispanic ministries of the Jackson Diocese of the Catholic Church. Lopez attended the Festival of Families in Philadelphia on […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tuesday night, members of Tupelo’s Temple of B’Nai Israel huddled together in their sanctuary. They wore suits and dresses, shawls and yamachas. On stage, the intricate scrolls of the Torah were revealed by layman Marc Perler. Displaying the scrolls, Perler said, is the closest they can get to […]

A few weeks ago I went to Fargo, North Dakota, during the August thaw, to visit my friend and former fellow Mississippi preacher, Jim Ray. Jim is a West Point graduate, and the son of a WWII veteran, John Ray. Not long after my visit, Jim’s father passed away. Jim told me a great story […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Pope Francis spoke to Congress in a joint session Thursday morning before addressing some 40,000 Catholics gathered near the U.S. Capitol. A few members of St. James Catholic Church and others from the area were there to receive the pontiff’s blessing in the flesh. St. James member Michelle Simmons and […]

By Nicole Winfield and Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Wading into bitter disputes, Pope Francis urged a divided Congress and America on Thursday to welcome immigrants, abolish the death penalty, share the nation’s immense wealth and fight global warming. Lawmakers gave rousing ovations to the leader of the world’s Catholics despite obvious disagreements over […]

By Julie Pace and Nicole Winfield Associated Press WASHINGTON – Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation’s capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have deeply divided Americans. On his first full day in […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Pope Francis made landfall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday like a hurricane of anticipation for American Catholics. On his six-day visit to the States, the pontiff will hold a joint session with Congress, canonize a saint, headline the Festival of Families and host numerous Mass services along the […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The Christian church faced its first crisis in its infancy. Born a Jew, raised a Jew, Jesus was also crucified as one, and after his death, Christianity struggled to define its identity in respect to Judaism. “It was a huge question, because Christ couldn’t have existed without Judaism,” said the […]