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'Miracle house' in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

Posted at 7:56 AM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 10:56:24-04

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Eighty years after Rhoda Wise first claimed she was a receiver of Christian miracles, people are still visiting her Ohio home to see for themselves.

Busloads of the faithful and curious come to Wise's home in Canton, Ohio, to see the room where it is believed she was cured of a terminal illness and regularly was visited by Jesus Christ.

The small wood-frame house is an unlikely Roman Catholic shrine nestled in a frayed neighborhood next to a nine-hole golf course. But every year it attracts visitors from all over the world.

Visitor numbers are getting a boost this summer thanks to the local Roman Catholic diocese formally petitioning the Vatican to have Wise declared a saint.

Wise died in 1948 at age 60.