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Tele-priest marries long-term girlfriend

A TELEGENIC Miami priest known as "Father Oprah," who left the Catholic Church amid an uproar over tabloid photos of him kissing his girlfriend on a beach, made the relationship official on Tuesday, marrying the woman he has been involved with for about two years.

The Reverend Alberto Cutie and Ruhama Canellis were married by a judge in Coral Gables, according to Miami-Dade County court records. No other details of the wedding were known.

Amid the scandal, Cutie was removed from his South Beach parish, protesters marched to support him, and he departed from Catholicism to become an Episcopal priest. The Episcopal church is the United States branch of the Anglican communion.

Last month, Cutie, 40, said, "I believe that I've fallen in love and I believe that I've struggled with that, between my love for God, and my love for the church and my love for service."

Canellis, 35, was reported to have met Cutie in church.



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