Church cleared of misleading public over prayer advert

The Charity Commission is sticking by a decision to clear a north London church of misleading the public, despite the religious charity's web site advertising "strong prayer to destroy witchcraft".

The commission's investigation report, released last Friday, found no evidence to support claims that the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God performed exorcisms and offered cures for cancer.

Under the "life-changing meetings" section of the charity's web site is an ad for spiritual release using "prayer to destroy demon-possession".

A spokeswoman at the commission said that it is not illegal to offer or advertise such meetings. "The church is not directly claiming to cure cancer or exorcise demons," said communications officer Ayesha Janjua.

The commission launched the probe into the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God following claims it had performed an exorcism on Victoria Climbie, the eight-year-old murdered in 2000.

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