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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

> Lecture series begins

Five leading Jewish scholars, philosophers and historians will give public lectures as part of the 2011 David Blitzer Lecture Series presented by the University at Buffalo Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage.

The series opens at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in 120 Clemens Hall on the North Campus, with Hasia Diner, professor of American Jewish history at New York University, discussing "No Generation of Silence: Postwar American Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust."

Diner also will lecture on "Jewish Peddlers and the Discovery of New Worlds" at 7 p.m. the same day in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. Other lectures will be offered Feb. 21, March 7, March 27 and April 4.

> Events observe anniversary

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will observe the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion at 4:30 p.m. next Saturday in Our Lady of Pompeii Parish, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.

As part of the Mass, the annual Pro-Vita Awards will be presented, recognizing people who have labored for the pro-life cause.

The anniversary of Roe v. Wade also will be marked by a contingent of Catholics embarking on a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. The group will pray peacefully and publicly intercede on behalf of the unborn, their parents, families, communities, nation and its leaders.

Buses will depart from several locations on the morning of Jan. 23 and will return to the Buffalo area Jan. 24. For more information, contact the Office of Pro-Life Activities at 847-2205.

> Mass celebrates MLK holiday

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will celebrate a Mass marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at 10:30 a.m. Monday in SS. Columba & Brigid Church, Eagle and Hickory streets.

The Rev. Lawrence Lucas from Harlem will be guest homilist. Lucas wrote "Black Priest/White Church: Catholics and Racism."

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