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Blessed Trinity Church, a Buffalo landmark, will embark on a major architectural restoration next spring and has launched a fundraising effort to help fund the project. The church's "Fall Fest" will be held Oct. 19 at the Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave. Entry is $100 per plate and includes one-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6 p.m., a three-course d…

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The Amherst Memorial Chapel is collecting old or damaged religious books and ritual items for burial in a traditional Jewish ceremony. People with torn, tattered or worn-out religious scrolls, books, ritual items or other unused sacred documents stored in their genizah can drop them off at the chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Amherst, through Monday during business hours. The…

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It is an American anomaly – hypocrisy would be the less charitable word – that a nation supposedly founded on freedom of religion and freedom of expression is so often intolerant of those who practice "other" religions or use "un-American" dress to express their faith. But it is that American peculiarity that makes Turban Day on Saturday so vital. Sponsored by the three …

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Bishop Richard J. Malone on Tuesday suspended another retired priest accused of sexual abuse from serving in parishes, bringing to 15 the number of Buffalo Diocese priests who have been put on administrative leave since March. The diocese announced late Tuesday afternoon on its website that the Rev. Louis S. Dolinic has been placed on administrative leave as the complai…

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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone is part of a Catholic training video about preventing the sexual abuse of children. But, apparently, not for long. The embattled bishop will be edited out of the training videos, which are used by Catholic churches throughout the country, according to an article in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Malone, who has been called upon to resign…

Buffalo

Six Buffalo Diocese bishops or auxiliary bishops allowed the Rev. Brian M. Hatrick to remain in parishes for decades after a teenage boy complained Hatrick sexually abused him in the early 1980s. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, the current No. 2 ranking administrator in the Buffalo Diocese, and current Syracuse Diocese Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, formerly a high-rank…

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The annual Blessing of the Animals is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Assisi Church in the Town of Hamburg. The blessing celebrates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4., when people across the world will be honoring St. Francis, said the Rev. Ross Syracuse, parish pastor. The event will take place rain or shine near the Social Center, the pastor sa…

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The Buffalo Diocese is investigating a complaint alleging that the president and rector of Christ the King Seminary made a sexual advance on an adult male in 2000. A spokeswoman for the diocese confirmed late Thursday that Bishop Richard J. Malone placed the Rev. Joseph C. Gatto on administrative leave while an investigation tries to determine whether the claim is true.…

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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone will lead a "Holy Hour of Prayer for Reparation and Healing" Sunday regarding the sexual abuse crisis that has gripped the Diocese for months. The service will be at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. Malone is encouraging all priests, deacons, consecrated religious and lay faithful to attend. "Held during the Hour of …

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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone and nine other representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are participating in a national gathering to discuss ways to better respond to the growing numbers of Catholic Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. Some 3,000 people are attending V National Encuentro, a four-day conference in Grapevine, Texas, which concludes Sun…

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Tending to the souls of parishioners who attend St. Francis of Assisi Church in Athol Springs is a full-time job for the Rev. Ross Syracuse. That doesn't mean he doesn't have time for hobbies that would have made the church's namesake proud. Syracuse is a two-hive beekeeper who also grows monarch butterflies and vegetables. “I’ve always been into nature, and I’ve …

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has added two new members to its board of trustees. Patricia Fogarty, an Allegany County assistant public defender, and Sister Regina Murphy, director of the Research and Planning Department for the Catholic Diocese, were elected to three year terms. [Related: As Catholic Charities pursues unity among staff, third member leaves board…

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The Diocese of Buffalo has hired Kathy Baranski Spangler as its director of communications, it announced Friday afternoon in a statement. Baranski Spangler replaces George Richert, who announced he was stepping down during what has been a tumultuous time for the diocese. A Buffalo native and Syracuse University graduate, she will assume her duties on Monday. She is t…

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Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone has suspended another retired priest from ministry due to a sexual abuse complaint. The diocese announced Thursday on its website that the Rev. John J. Sardina, 86, has been placed on administrative leave as the complaint is investigated. Sardina lives in a residence for retired priests in Depew. He could not be reached Thursd…