French Pyrenees priest admits stealing 700,000 euros of church funds

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Retired priest René Heuillet, 80, admitted pocketing church collections between 1987 and 2013, plus 100,000 euros from sales of votive candles.

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A Catholic priest will be sent to court after admitting he stole more than 700,000 euros collected from churchgoers and buyers of holy candles over a quarter of a century, the French public prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, reports Reuters.