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N. Ireland officially recognizes pagan religion

N. Ireland officially recognizes pagan religion, Order of the Golden River

 Northern Ireland has for the first time recognized a pagan priest and his church by granting full religious status to the Order of the Golden River. Responding to the move by the Northern Ireland General Registry Office, pagan priest Patrick Carberry said he was “absolutely over the moon.” Recognition means, among other things, members of the faith group can now have their own weddings. “We can now do hand passings, which is our official belief, rather than having to have a ceremony outside as we’d prefer and then another in the local registry office,” Carberry told the Independent. Carberry – whose spiritual or true name is ‘Nighthunter’ – only submitted the application at the end of March. “I’m still in shock, we were not expecting to be recognized.”

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