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Villagers accuse priest of stealing Virgin statue

Residents of the tiny village of Pontenova in the north-west of Spain have refused to carry a statue of the Virgin Mary in the traditional annual parade because they claim that a local parish priest has swapped the original for a fake copy and pocketed all the decorative jewels.

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Thieves steal Virgin’s crown on procession eve

Thieves steal Virgin’s crown on procession eve