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Ghostly phenomenon baffles town: ‘I wish I knew what it was’

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In 1966, a group of high school boys were out at Michigan’s Ottawa National Forest when they witnessed something so frightening they ran straight to the local sheriff. The boys witnessed what has since been dubbed the Paulding Light, which witnesses describe as a bright white light glowing amid the trees, deep in the woods.






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Old Catholic couple after sharing a beautiful Life dies together

Alexander and Jeannette Toczko fell in love when they were only eight-years-old and were married over 74 years before their inspiring love story came to a beautiful end. According to the couple’s son, Richard, “They were boyfriend and girlfriend when they were 8-years-old.” Their daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman added her father “carried around a picture of






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Ex-soldier who killed Guatemalan bishop dies in prison riot

A former army officer serving a prison sentence for the 1998 killing of a Catholic bishop died in a jail riot on Monday that killed a dozen inmates and a female visitor, Guatemalan authorities said. Byron Lima was convicted of the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was an outspoken critic of military abuses






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Orthodox priest-explorer begins round-the-world balloon trip

An Eastern Orthodox priest is attempting to break the world record for a round-the-world hot air balloon trip. Fr Fedor Konyukhov, an explorer who was ordained in 2010, set off on Tuesday from western Australia. Fr Konyukhov is hoping to beat the time of 13 and a half days, set by the American Steve Fossett






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Patriarch urges refugee repatriation as long-term solution in Middle East

Destitute refugees now comprise half the people living in Lebanon, Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, has said during his visit to New York. He added that refugees are attractive targets for terrorist recruiting, and their continued presence threatens to drown Lebanon’s identity, he said. Cardinal Rai spoke yesterday at Catholic Near






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Cardinal Nichols: ‘Upsurge in racism following Brexit vote must not be tolerated’

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that any upsurge in racism following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union must be stamped out. Following last Thursday’s referendum result, a number of incidents have been reported across the country, including offensive graffiti scrawled on a Polish cultural centre in London and the holding up of banner by National Front






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‘Westminster and Brussels politicians to blame for Brexit vote,’ says Catholic peer

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Catholic cross-bench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool has said politicians in Westminster and Brussels are responsible for Britain voting to exit the European Union because they are “detached" from voters. Writing in Italian newspaper Avvenire, Lord Alton said he voted ‘remain’ but had predicted a win for the leave campaign. “Although, along with my family,






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