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Last month’s Jehovah’s Witness Convention for Spanish-speaking members brought in an estimated 3,000 people to the area. Officials say another three-day event beginning Friday is expected to attract even more. KSMU’s Amber Carr reports.

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A group of about 1,500 Methodists will soon descend upon Springfield for an annual conference next weekend (June 7-10).  As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the conference is more than workshops and breakout sessions--it includes a strong element of community service.

Throughout history and especially in religious texts, the concept of the "heavenly book" has recurred. Dr. Leslie Baynes, associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, researched this theme and published "The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses, 200 BCE-200 CE."

Council of Churches of the Ozarks operates the "Safe to Sleep" emergency women's shelter at Pathways United Methodist Church.

For the past two years, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks has provided homeless women an emergency overnight shelter called "Safe to Sleep."  Romona Baker,  Resource Coordinator for Homeless Services at the Councl of Churches, talked to KSMU's Randy Stewart about the shelter, why it's needed, and what resources are needed to keep it in operation.

Dr. Tom Russo measures the stem of a baptismal font in Rutland, England.

A baptismal font is a piece of furniture that has been used throughout the ages in churches for the sacred rite of baptism. Baptismal fonts often take the form of a pedestal with a basin of water at the top. An Art History professor at Drury University has received a grant to research a previously unknown group of baptismal fonts that date back to the Middle Ages. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

Bishop James Johnston

Catholics around the world are bidding farewell to Pope Benedict XVI, who has chosen to end his papacy by stepping down officially Thursday. Here in Springfield, Bishop James Johnston, Jr. will celebrate the outgoing Pope with a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church in Springfield Wednesday evening. Lately, the Bishop has been taking phone calls and fielding questions about this transition, which is unusual because the Pope is still living. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

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Catholics in the Springfield area will gather Wednesday evening to give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI, who is stepping down from the papacy Thursday. KSMU's Jennifer Davidson has details. 

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Catholics in Springfield, and around the world, woke up to hear the Monday morning announcement: Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign his papal office later this month. Some say they aren’t surprised by his decision. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

Gloria and Bill Gaither, Gospel Singer/songwriters

Evangel University plans to host legendary singer/songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither as part of a two-day lecture series about gospel and worship music heritage on Feb. 12 and 14. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.