March 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:53 p.m. CST
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ Catholics from the Kansas City area are
marking the 50th anniversary of their diocese.
An ongoing celebration of the anniversary begins today with a
Mass in St. Joseph at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
While it's the 50th anniversary, the Catholic presence in the
region dates much further back. The Diocese of St. Joseph was
established in 1868 and the Diocese of Kansas City was set up 12
It was in 1956 that the Vatican combined the two and carved out
new dioceses in Jefferson City and the Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Today, there are more than 130-thousand Catholics in the joint
Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese.