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Muslims In New York, Worldwide Celebrate Eid al Adha

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Hundreds of Western New York Muslims gathered inside the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a prayerful celebration of Eid al Adha, an Islamic holy day coinciding with the conclusion of the Hajj – the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca by Muslim faithful.

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Four More Priests Placed On Leave By Diocese of Buffalo, One Reinstated

BUFFALO, NY (WSKG) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Thursday placed four more priests on administrative leave, in response to complaints of alleged sexual abuse. Additionally, the Diocese of Buffalo announced claims against three other priests have been substantiated while a fourth has been exonerated and reinstated.

To Ward Off Mass Shooters, New York Church Encourages Congregation To Bring Guns

SYRACUSE (WRVO) – When the parishioners at one Oswego County church gather for worship each week, many of them are armed. And it’s no secret. The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God even advertises that its not a gun-free zone – a response to the frequent mass shootings in the country that’s the subject of some debate. Walking into the church on a Sunday morning is more like joining a family reunion than attending a mass. Music plays for the first half of the service as the parishioners move about the church greeting one another and joining in community prayers. The pastor Ron Russell says his church is like a family, and it’s his responsibility to ensure their safety.

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Rabbi Pursues Shared Stories Between Islam, Judaism, Christianity

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More and more, Jews and Muslims are finding commonalities and seeing each other as allies, says Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Many of the commonalities between Judaism, Islam, and another Abrahamic faith, Christianity come through shared Scriptures, said Visotzky, and indicate how to see each other. “There’s a wonderful verse in the Book of Exodus where Jacob comes home after 20 years in exile and he’s terrified that his brother, Esau, will be angry and murder him. But Esau greets him with a kiss – and warmly -because Esau has been able to forgive. And Jacob comments, ‘Looking at your face is like seeing the face of God.’  “If we could all get there, in that moment, when we look at another person, even someone we perceive to be our enemy and see the godly in them…That’s the challenge we all face.” With another example, Visotzky looks at the biblical story of Abraham – or Ibrahim in the Quran – and his son, as a shared story of offering and martyrdom.