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Interfaith talk set

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim leader at the center of efforts to build a new mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, will be among the participants in an interfaith conversation at 7 p.m. today in the Center for Tomorrow at the University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst.

The other panelists are Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld of Temple Beth Zion and the Rev. Thomas Yorty of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The event is part of the annual meeting of the Muslim Public Affairs Council -- Western New York Chapter.

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Vatican II discussion

Bishop Donald W. Trautman of the Catholic Diocese of Erie will discuss "Vatican II -- Light for the World and Our Continuing Response" at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in St. Bernadette Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

Trautman's talk, drawn from his unique experience as a young priest who assisted at the Council while studying in Rome, is part of a two-night presentation highlighting the Second Vatican Council's role in the life of the Catholic Church.

Trautman, a Buffalo native, has been bishop of Erie since 1990.

The Rev. Paul D. Seil, pastor of St. Bernadette parish, will discuss "John XXIII -- An Apostle Speaks to the Modern World" at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

The events are free and open to the public. For more details, call 713-1079.

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