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VICAR STRIKES BACK AT JUNK MAIL INDUSTRY

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An English vicar is hitting back at the junk mail industry with offers of "your very own timeshare room in the Mansion of Heaven."

Rev. Robin Charles of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Etching Hill, northwest England, has been sending out a riposte to the worst offenders, telling them they "have been exclusively selected" to help repair his church.The text of the offer appeared in Saturday's Daily Telegraph and was confirmed by Charles' wife, Thelma.

The Telegraph quoted the vicar as saying he wanted the junk mailers "to have a laugh and maybe dip into their pockets and send us a donation. We need 75,000 pounds ($135,000) to repair the church."

He has sent two dozen letters and received a single donation of $45.