Buffalo Catholic Diocese

Inspiring students to learn at Our Lady of Black Rock

Jan 27, 2016
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One of the most diverse populations of students can be found inside a west side Catholic elementary school in Buffalo. Many students at Our Lady of Black Rock are able to attend through the Catholic Diocese Bison fund. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley visited the school to find out how educators are engaging students despite high poverty and language barriers.

"Blue Mass" honors first responders

Oct 25, 2015

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo held its first "Blue Mass" at 10:30 this morning at St. Joseph Cathedral. The special Mass honored first responders who live in the diocese, including fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services personnel.

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Pope Francis’ message to the United States is being brought home by Bishop Richard Malone.

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Pope Francis is cutting red tape at the Vatican, radically streamlining the process for annulling marriages, necessary if a Catholic wants to remarry in the church.

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A message from Pope Francis regarding forgiveness for repentant women who had abortions has raised eyebrows on both sides of the often-contentious issue.


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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is mourning the loss of Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin.

Seminary educates future priests & laity

Dec 3, 2014
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There is a new leader at the helm of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.  The Rev. Joseph Gatto  recently began his new position as President-Rector.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says growth is occurring on the campus, as new seminarians are studying to become priests and laity seek theologian teachings. 

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Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says the situation in the Holy Land is more complex than they thought, after returning from a visit with a delegation of bishops from across the country.

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A  former catholic grade school, closed by the Diocese of Buffalo, has re-opened as a pre-school.  New students celebrated a ribbon cutting at St. Bernadette Early Childhood Academy on South Abbott Road in Orchard Park.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the young students were excited, but some parents remain angry at the Diocese for closing the elementary school.

The pastor of St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park will not move forward with legal action against the Diocese of Buffalo over the closing of the parish school. 

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As ten Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo prepare to close at the end of the school year, one private school in Cheektowaga is opening its doors to families looking for a new place to go.

'Building a Basilica' told by Daybreak Productions

Jan 17, 2014
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Many Western New Yorkers marvel at the grandeur of Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, built in the 1920s. A local television crew from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spent hours researching and conducting interviews to create a documentary that will air across the U.S.  It provides the back story of how the Venerable Father Nelson Baker accomplished the task.

Diocese of Buffalo to close ten Catholic schools

Jan 16, 2014
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The Diocese of Buffalo announced Wednesday that ten Catholic elementary schools will be closing their doors at the end of this school year. The Diocese believes the closures will strengthen the Catholic education system across western New York.

Press Pass: 'Change in tone' in the Catholic Church

Dec 2, 2013
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Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone has responded to the new dialog recently issued by Pope Francis. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about his recent In-Focus interview with Bishop Malone.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is one of a number of Diocese contacting parishoners about alleged misconduct by a priest.

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The end is coming for  St. Ann's Church & Shrine, one of Buffalo's landmark churches. Worn down by age, the structure's fate may have been doomed by poor construction a century-and-a-half ago.

Buffalo bishop reacts to Pope's resignation

Feb 12, 2013
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Bishop Richard Malone, the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, says Monday’s announcement from Pope Benedict XVI that he would be resigning at the end of the month came as a surprise.

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has announced a goal of $10.7 million for this year's Appeal.

While initial reaction has been positive to the appointment of 66 year old Richard Malone as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, there is a nationwide organization that is taking strong exception.

"We’re concerned any time the Vatican promotes corrupt or complicit bishop to a higher position.  That’s what’s happening here essentially," said David Clohessy, National Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP. 

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