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Prester John,

legendary Christian priest and monarch of a vast, wealthy empire in Asia or in Africa. The legend first appeared in the latter part of the 12th cent. and persisted for several centuries. At first the utopian realm of this Christian king was supposed to be in Asia, but later it was more generally placed in Africa. Letters supposed to have been written by him and about him were widely circulated in Western Europe.


See studies by V. Slessarev (1959) and R. Silverberg (1972).

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Tel 024 7622 3343) PRIEST John Passed away peacefully Thursday, 22nd November 2012, aged 85 years.
Priest John Zakariya, Church of Mary and Abu Saifeen in Sharjah, said he felt happy as the Egyptian people still stand and revolt for their rights.
Melbourne, July 2 (ANI): Catholic priest John Sidney Denham has been jailed for almost 20 years on child sex charges against 25 boys in New South Wales between 1968 and 1986.
This is necessary due to theories like thos of former Catholic priest John Dominic Crossan, who famously claimed that Jesus' dead body was likely thrown into a shallow common grave, where it was eaten by dogs.
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After The Advocate ran a news brief on our Web site about the murder of convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan--who was killed in prison by a serial murderer of gay men--a reader wrote to caution us against buying into the negative stereotype that links pedophilia to gay men.
In January 2002, Catholic priest John Geoghan was convicted of molesting a boy and sentenced to ten years in prison.
FORMER priest John Geoghan, a convicted child molester who became a central figure in the Catholic church's sex abuse scandal in Boston, has died following an attack by another inmate in prison.