Sat, Nov 18, 2006 - Page 6 News List

Cruise and Holmes opt for Scientology wedding

AP , ROME

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will likely wed today in a Scientology ceremony held at a 15th-century Italian castle in a quaint lakeside town near Rome, the town's mayor said.

The wedding party, along with guests, are then expected to attend a banquet the same day in Rome, Bracciano Mayor Patrizia Riccioni said on Thursday.

For weeks rumors have focused on Odescalchi Castle in the sleepy town of Bracciano as the likely venue for the celebrity wedding. Riccioni told a news conference on Thursday she had met the couple the day before somewhere outside of her town, but she would not say where.

She was coy about other details, too, saying only that she expected the couple to arrive early today at the castle, which overlooks Lake Bracciano, for what she believed would be a Scientology wedding ceremony, followed by a banquet. She said she expected the couple to return to the Italian capital the same day.

Cruise and Holmes have been staying this week at a luxury hotel near the Spanish Steps in Rome.

"I want to thank Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes for choosing this venue for such an important event," Riccioni said.

While she stopped short of confirming the actual date of the wedding, the town's Web site late on Thursday had a picture of Cruise and Holmes under the headline: "The wedding of the year in Bracciano, Saturday, 18 November 2006."

Scientology ceremonies contain many elements of traditional weddings -- rings, procession, vows, etc. But they also include certain Scientology fundamentals, including vowing to never to go to bed without communicating about any differences. They also stress the Scientology tenet known as ARC -- A for affinity, the closeness between a couple; R for reality, what a couple agrees on; C for communication, the exchange of ideas and thoughts.

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