'Hugging Saint' draws thousands in Coralville

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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 am

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Hundreds of people came to Coralville to see the Indian spiritual leader known as the "Hugging Saint," and to get a hug.

The woman known as Amma visited the Coralville Marriott and Convention Center on Sunday to lead them in meditation and to share her message of love and service to humanity. It was the 57-year-old woman's fourth visit to the area in five years.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen said Amma has blessed and consoled more than

30 million people worldwide over the past 35 years and has founded numerous charities.

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