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PRELATE'S LOVER TAKES OVERDOSE

The woman identified as the mistress of former Catholic Archbishop Eugene Marino of Atlanta apparently has tried to commit suicide, police said Saturday.

Vicki Long, who was identified by Catholic officials as the mistress, was taken to a Columbus hospital Friday evening apparently suffering from an overdose of prescription medication.

The attempted suicide came only a day after the Archdiocese of Atlanta released an audit of church funds showing that the church spent more than $21,000 on Miss Long, most of it for medical bills.

The first black archbishop of the Atlanta Diocese, Father Marino resigned that position in July for what he said were "personal reasons."

His successor, Bishop James P. Lyke, said in August, "The personal reasons involved an intimate relationship with a woman."

Father Marino has since gone into seclusion for counseling at an undisclosed location.

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