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In this issue: cult leader Debra Burslem, of the Magnificat Meal Movement, has fled Australia for the island nation of Vanuata. An Australian current affairs program tracked her down and confronted the ‘prophetess’ with claims that she has misused funds provided by her followers.

Plus: Does evangelist Reinhard Bonnke perform miracles?

Also: next month marks the 20th anniversary of doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

And and in-depth look at the apocalyptic theology that fuels ISIS and other Muslim radicals around the world.

Many more religion news items…

Cult leader’s trail of lies

HELIDON – cult leader Debra Geileskey has been allegedly travelling on a false passport claiming to be a diplomat from a fictitious country called Caledonia Australis. The sect leader, who attracted followers by claiming to receive messages from the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ, allegedly had postage stamps issued from the fictitious country and used them to successfully send mail to the US. Academic Mike Garde, who has been studying Geileskey’s Magnificat Meal Movement for a PhD, claims Geileskey has also been caught running a gold investment scam. As well she had allegedly presented promissory notes amounting to more than

Mormonism grows in Massachusetts; church is small but expanding

BELMONT, Mass. —The Mormons left Boston more than 160 years ago, breaking up the young religion’s largest congregation in the eastern U.S. around 1845 to seek refuge in a solitary West. Their founder, Joseph Smith, had been killed the previous year by a mob in an Illinois prison and church adherents were despised as heretics. So the 400 members of the Boston church found strength in numbers, joining Mormons nationwide to migrate to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. It took more than a century for Mormons to return in notable numbers to Massachusetts in the 1960s, and longer

US couple sues ‘cult’ leader

A wealthy US couple has launched legal action against alleged Magnificat Meal Movement “cult” leader Debra Geileskey for refusing to repay a $600,000 property loan. Claire and Dr Antoine Mansour also claim they intend to sue Ms Geileskey for millions of dollars over claims they had been involved in the production of a pornographic movie. MMM fell into controversy in the late 1990s when Ms Geileskey claimed to have received personal messages from the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. At its height, the cult attracted more than 400 people to monthly, first Saturday devotions at a former convent next door

Haughey home after bizarre cult experience Down Under

A nephew of Charles Haughey, who shocked friends by moving to Australia to join a controversial cult, has returned home to Ireland to live. Niall Haughey and his family left Ireland behind in March 2003 to pledge their lives to the bizarre enclosed religious group Magnificat Meal Movement (MMM), whose members are told the outside world is evil. Mr Haughey is the son of the former Taoiseach’s brother Sean Haughey, a city and county manager who retired in 1989. After 10 months with the cult – which has a number of Irish members due to its base in Catholicism –

Five arrested during cult raid

Five cult members were arrested after trying to stop police from executing a search warrant at a property west of Brisbane today. Police were proceeding to execute the warrant at a property at Ballam Hill, near Gatton, around noon (AEST) when the members of the Magnificat Meal Movement stopped them from entering. Five men, aged between 17 and 34, will face Gatton Magistrates Court on September 16 charged with obstructing police. A police spokeswoman said officers later executed the search warrant. Magnificat Meal Movement leader Debra Burslem has attracted international attention with claims she received messages from Jesus and the

Police comb cult property for child

The Courier Mail (Australia), July 16, 2003 http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/ Amanda Gearing Federal police are searching for a four-year-old girl after a dawn raid yesterday on a rural retreat owned by Helidon cult leader Debra Geileskey failed to locate the child. Several carloads of federal police swooped on the cult leader’s property which also is home to several cult members who are living in two houses, a church, a converted stable and a shed on the property. A spokesman said the police were called in to enforce a custody order issued by the Family Court to recover the child. Police set up