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February 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A satellite TV channel, Faith World TV, that features a televangelist who tells viewers that he can cure their life-threatening illnesses with prayer has come under fire from health groups who call the program Miracle Hour dangerous — and life-threatening itself. Today’s (Friday) London Independent, noting that the program is produced in London by the U.K. World Evangelical Trust, describes one episode in which a caller describes a relative’s battle with cancer. “We cursed the cancer,” the caller is told. “It’s dead. … Tell them not to worry about anything.” In another episode, another televangelist tells a viewer, “I cause diabetes to die in your body. I lose you and declare you set free from the power of diabetes. Thank you heavenly father for this miracle right now over your life in Jesus’s name.” In an interview with the Independent, Debbie Ariyo, head of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (Afruca), said the broadcast “gives someone who has potential cancer false hope.” Miracle Hour is distributed by News Corp-controlled BSkyB. A spokesperson for the satellite broadcaster said that producers of any program with an appropriate licence from British regulators are “free to seek distribution over the satellite platform.”