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Priest gambles with over $620k of church money

An Italian priest has gambled away more than 620,000 dollars of his parish money, reports said on Thursday.

Flavio Gobbo, 48, negotiated a plea bargain for a suspended two-year jail term for embezzlement, according Corriere della Sera, a newspaper in Italy.

As part of the deal, he has promised to gradually return the money and signed up for therapy against gambling addiction, with the support of his church superiors.

“In this long and streneous journey, Father Flavio has mainly found support in prayers, but also in the will to return soon,” to active ministry, the Diocese of Treviso said in a statement.

Gobbo left his post as parish priest in Spinea, near Venice, in October 2016.

At the time, the local church said he was suffering from exhaustion.

 

 

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About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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