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It appears that the tough times on Wall Street have caused some to turn to God, with religious leaders in the Big Apple's financial district reporting an upswing in church attendance from those in the business sector.

Reverend Mark Bozzuti-Jones of Trinity Church Wall Street is not surprised since many don't know if their employers are next on the financial chopping block.

"The economic financial crisis is a reminder that we cannot put our faith in riches, that we cannot put our faith in money," Bozzuti-Jones said in his sermon at lunchtime on Friday. His message was devoted to coping with the financial crisis.

The church was having special workshops and seminars over the next few weeks including "Coping with stress in an uncertain time" and "Navigating career transitions."

"People are just sitting there, praying or crying and definitely exhausted. There has definitely been an increase in the number of people who have come in," he told Reuters.

Father Peter Madigan of St. Peter's Church has also seen increase in attendance among people in suits.

"In the past couple of days there was high anxiety and trepidation," Madigan said. "The situation we are faced with today by economic standards is very much unknown, uncharted territory and faith helps us deal with those situations."

Beginning this week, The Wall Street Synagogue is opening its doors nightly to accommodate Wall Street people.

Rabbi Meyer Hager said his regular worshippers appear concerned.

"I can see it on the faces of certain people who come here who are regular people -- some work for AIG and other large banking houses -- I can see the expression of strained concern," he said.

He noted that the synagogue was founded in 1929, the year of the Wall Street crash.

Source: Reuters

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