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Ten places of worship in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties will open for the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s ninth annual Sacred Sites Open House Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Inspiring the weekend’s theme, “Medieval to Modern – Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture,” is Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Docents will guide visitors from no…

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The 18th Annual “Understanding Islam” series begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., with a session exploring the “Concept of God in Islam and Christianity,” featuring guest speakers the Rev. Skip Ferguson of the Graycliff Conservancy and Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York. The session ru…

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Dec. 5, 1947 — Feb. 12, 2019 Monsignor David S. Slubecky, retired vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died unexpectedly Tuesday. He was 71. In a statement on Twitter announcing his death, the Diocese said, “As we are shocked by his sudden passing, we all give thanks for Msgr. Slubecky’s life, ministry and friendship.” When…

The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania officially approved a partnership Saturday at their diocesan convention in Niagara Falls. In a news release, the Western New York diocese reported that they agreed to share a bishop and diocesan staff for the next five years. The convention also elected Right Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of Northwestern …

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced Saturday that it will no longer stage the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra after 2020. The dramatization of the Book of Mormon, which has attracted thousands every summer since 1937, is the church’s flagship pageant. The announcement noted that church leaders reviewed all of their pageants and decided to devote…