Ameera Butt
August 09, 2020 - 1:26 pm
A Newbury Park pastor in Ventura County announced his church is going to continue its services indoors in defiance of a judge ruling a temporary emergency restraining order that says the church has to hold services outdoors.
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Bishop Kmiec Dies
Allan Harris
July 12, 2020 - 10:05 am
(WBEN) The Diocese of Buffalo announcing the death last night of former Bishop Edward Kmiec:
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May 20, 2020 - 1:56 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York will allow small religious gatherings starting Thursday as the state gradually loosens coronavirus restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed statewide as long as participants wear masks and practice social...
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Bishop Dispenses Catholics from Sunday and Holy Day Mass Obligations
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New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves to fans before a game
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The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.
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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the Philippine community of Rome, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has abolished the “pontifical secret” used in clergy sexual abuse cases, after mounting criticism that the high degree of confidentiality has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and keep law enforcement from investigating crimes. In a new document,...
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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and John Hurley
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Tim Wenger
December 07, 2019 - 10:04 am
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - On a cold and crisp Saturday during the Advent season, hundreds quietly filed into the doors of the ornate Montante Cultural Center on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo. They came to hear words of hope and to hear how trust may be restored to the Catholic Diocese of...
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Clergy sex abuse victims and advocates protest outside the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center during annual gathering of Catholic Charities USA. September 12, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
(AP) - Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help...
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Brian Mazurowski
October 30, 2019 - 11:06 am
Amherst, NY (WBEN) - Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is again in Western New York as part of the apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Buffalo. According to a WGRZ-TV report, DiMarzio was seen conducting interviews at the Marriott hotel in Amherst on Tuesday. "We always knew that there would be...
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Tim Wenger
(WBEN) - The Diocese of Buffalo was once again in the spotlight on national television because of the ongoing abuse scandal. The program focused on the calls for Bishop Richard Malone's resignation over his handling of sexual abuse allegations against clergy members, while also highlighting the...
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