‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push

CANTON, Ohio --- Late in the summer of 1939, crowds of strangers started showing up at Rhoda Wise's house next to a city dump in Ohio after she let it be known that miracles were occurring in her room. Eight decades later, people still make pilgrimages to the wood frame bungalow at the edge of Canton, Ohio, seeking their own miracles. Wise died in 1948, but her legend as a Christian mystic has blossomed over time. And last fall, after years of discussions, the local Roman Catholic diocese petitioned the Vatican to make Wise a saint, renewing interest in her former home. The story starts with the sickly Wise, who lived with her alcoholic husband and young daughter, claiming she ...

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