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President Trump said Friday that state governors should allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to reopen immediately.

In brief comments at the White House, Trump said houses of worship are "essential places that provide essential services." Churches have faced restrictions for gatherings and ceremonies as public health officials worked to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some have chafed at the restrictions.

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Parts of New York state are gradually reopening, with western New York authorized on Monday to join five other regions of the state and begin the first of a four-phase process. The Capital Region will be allowed to begin reopening on Tuesday. 


National Public Radio

An increasing percentage of Americans say they have no religious affiliation in a society that traditionally has been religious. A University at Buffalo political scientist is part of a group of researchers who have been looking at that in the context of politics, with the heavy involvement of the religious right and the Republican party.

Two local priests have been placed on administrative leave following complains of abuse.

St. Paul's Episocpal Church

There wasn't a large crowd at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Sunday for the church's contemporary mass, with a band and traditional services. This is a time when it's hard to get younger people into churches and St. Paul's is reaching out to them.

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Buffalo Police are looking for a suspect in a child molestation case.

Boy Scouts of America / www.scouting.org

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates says the organization’s policy banning gay adults in leadership will see a change by October. That decision will be made with the input of supporters, the majority of which includes churches. Some of Western New York’s faith leaders say the outlook for church approval is uncertain.

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Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate their cases of sexual abuse against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Orleans County pastor arrested on sexual abuse charges

Nov 27, 2013
New York State Police

State Police have arrested a Middleport pastor and charged him with a series of felony sexual charges, including incest.