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"Hugging Saint" returns to Iowa

CORALVILLE (KWWL) A humanitarian known as the "hugging saint" is set to return to Coralville.

On a previous visit in 2007, more than 2,000 people showed to see Amma, whose actual name is Mata Amritanandamayi. She is from India and does not speak English.

Amma tours the world giving hugs, crossing all religions.

Followers seek her embrace, which many consider to have healing qualities.

Amma is scheduled to appear at four free programs Tuesday and Wednesday at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

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