The Manchester Jewish Museum is set to double in size, thanks to a cash injection of nearly £3million from the National Lottery.
An extension is being built alongside the existing synagogue building in Cheetham Hill in a project worth £5million.
The number of hate crimes targeting mosques in the North West has quadrupled over the last year.
There were 20 separate attacks up to June this year - almost half of them happened in Greater Manchester.
Across the country the figures more than doubled.
A former Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer ordained to the priesthood has taken part in his first Mass.
Philip Mulryne, 39, returned to his native Belfast for a special Catholic religious service at St Oliver Plunkett Church.
The new priest was joined by friends and well-wishers at Monday night's Mass - just a few miles from Windsor Park Stadium, where he once donned the green jersey of his home country - flanked by white-robed members of his order.
The product of the youth system at Old Trafford made his debut for the first team in 1997.
He was unable to secure a regular place in Alex Ferguson's side and left Manchester to continue his playing career at clubs including Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient.
The clergyman said his vocation was a calling.
"This is a new chapter now in my life."
He undertook the rites associated with Catholicism, assisted by a more senior cleric, involving the blessing of sacraments, according to Catholic doctrine transforming bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.
Mass-goers heard how his vocation as a friar preacher should be to "set hearts on fire" with the love of Jesus.
He was made a member of the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin at the weekend.
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Major events are taking place in Liverpool to mark 50 years since the city's Catholic Cathedral first opened its doors to worshippers.
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A special mass will take place on Sunday June 4th as part of a year of Golden Jubilee celebrations.
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A church in Lancashire that had been closed has now been declared as a new cathedral for Indian Catholics.
The Grade II-listed St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Preston was shut in December 2014.
But it has reopened as a parish church serving an Indian branch of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Thousands of Muslims across the North West have started celebrating the festival of Eid. Hundreds gathered in Blackburn's Witton Park to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in which believers fast during daylight hours.