Actress Penelope Cruz is embracing the teachings of the Church of Scientology, having been converted to the religion by devoted follower TOM CRUISE.

The sexy VANILLA SKY star admits she has benefitted from Scientology - which has been attacked by religious leaders for alienating followers from their families - after being introduced to it by her Hollywood beau.

Cruz, who was raised a Catholic, joins the likes of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley in the controversial communion.

She says, "Thanks to my boy, I have got to know Scientology and I can only say positive things about it."

Cruise's ex-wife Nicole Kidman's skepticism about Scientology was reported to be a major factor behind the collapse of their marriage three years ago (00).

19/11/2003 02:32