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LONG ISLAND—A Long Island woman who sued her former church for $4 million, claiming she suffered serious injuries when a minister pushed her to the floor while trying to bless her, settled her case yesterday for $80,000.

“She was caused to fall by the Holy Spirit, but, unfortunately, there was no one there to catch her when she fell,” her lawyer, Andrew Siben, said.

The Holy Spirit, however, denied any involvement in the fall saying only, “I never touched the woman. She’s crazy.”

Church officials stated in a press conference that, “The $80,000 is coming out of a fund used to help feed homeless people, support a battered women’s shelter and to buy Christmas presents for Long Island orphans—no big deal.”

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