January 14th, 2013
07:08 AM ET

Precious relics stolen from church

Relics were taken from a Catholic church in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Police say the items may eventually turn up. CNN affiliate KSDK reports.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Catholic Church • Missouri

September 6th, 2012
09:09 PM ET

Catholic bishop convicted of shielding priest

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A judge in Kansas City, Missouri, has sentenced a Catholic bishop to two years on probation for failure to report suspected child abuse, officials said Thursday.

Bishop Robert W. Finn, 59, is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted during the church's long sexual abuse scandal.

Finn won't serve any jail time or pay a fine, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's office said. The misdemeanor charge had a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of as much as $1,000.

Read the full story on the conviction of Kansas City's bishop
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Missouri

Christian college student's idea leads to rally for burned mosque
Surveying the destroyed Joplin mosque.
August 8th, 2012
01:39 PM ET

Christian college student's idea leads to rally for burned mosque

By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) - When 20-year-old Ashley Carter heard about a mosque burned to the ground in her town this week, she was shocked.

"I was very saddened," she told CNN on Wednesday. "I thought it was very evil."

So Carter, a student at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, texted a friend, suggesting they organize an event "promoting acts of love."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Missouri

Faith and church still helping lead tornado response in Joplin
The Joplin Family Worship Center has collected more than $5 million in donations from across the country.
August 19th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Faith and church still helping lead tornado response in Joplin

By Ninette Sosa, CNN

Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - On May 22, this blue-collar town on the edge of the Ozark Mountains was dealt the most deadly tornado since modern record-keeping on twisters began in 1950. The tornado killed 150 and injured more than 1,000.

After the disaster, the parking lot at the Joplin Family Worship Center became a donation center geared toward helping tornado victims.

The church has more than 7,000 volunteers who have served thousands of people with everything from food, to clothing to appliances. Tractor-trailers with supplies totaling more than $5-million have dropped off donations from around the country.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Missouri

May 30th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Joplin mourns its dead

Peace Lutheran Church in Joplin, Missouri, remembers the tornado victims one week later. CNN's Chris Turner reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Church • Death • Lutheran • Missouri • United States

May 25th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

From tornado to hospital, prayer sustains Missouri family

By Eric Marrapodi and Brian Todd, CNN

Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - It’s quiet here. The only sound in the hospital room is the steady hum of a ventilator pushing air into Lage Grigsby’s lungs. It’s a stark contrast to the haunting noise of Sunday's Joplin tornado, which put him here.

Lage’s father, James Grigsby, sits by his 14-year-old son’s bedside anxiously keeping vigil, praying and hoping his boy will pull through OK. Lage is in a medically induced coma.

He has an open skull fracture and a broken vertebra in his neck. His doctors suspect he may have a brain injury and be partially paralyzed but they don’t yet know for sure. There’s a chance he won’t be able to kick a soccer ball again - or even be able to remember a time when he did.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Missouri

April 27th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Baptism in Missouri flood waters

iReporter candy91 was on her way to church on Easter Sunday, and when she saw the high flood waters at Mount Calvary Powerhouse Church in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, she almost turned around and went home. A church van was shuttling people through the water and she helped transport a few people in her car as well. She had no idea that one of the young men in her car was planning to be baptized that day. Marcus Pegues was baptized in the flood waters. "He got baptized in the water that God provided for us. … We trudged on and had our Easter service. We didn’t let the water stop us," she said.

See her full iReport submission

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Easter • iReport • Missouri

About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.