Posts Tagged ‘Exorcism’

Catholic priests told not to perform exorcisms on Covid patients

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Catholic priests are receiving an “overwhelming” number of requests from Covid patients for exorcisms to eradicate the infection. “During the pandemic, priests around the world have had more requests for psychiatric help from parishioners,” said Father Luis Ramirez, one of the 15th exorcists’ convention in Rome organisers says. “There is more awareness of exorcists and Read more

Exorcism prayers in Latin more effective against the devil

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says exorcism prayers in Latin, because “tends to be more effective against the devil because he doesn’t like the language of the Church”. Cordileone recently performed an exorcism ceremony outside a Catholic church in San Rafael, where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra. Serra was an Read more

Vatican-recognized exorcists offer quality control guide

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

A quality control guide has been issued by a group of exorcists to combat demonic possession. The handbook insists authority to perform exorcisms belongs exclusively to priests assigned by their diocesan bishop. According to the group, they issued the quality control guide because of a perception that there are too many unauthorised rogue operators, both Read more

Arrests in Ivory Coast after girl dies following an exorcism

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Five people, including the leader of a self-styled Catholic prayer group, have been arrested in the West African country of Ivory Coast after a 16-year-old girl died during an exorcism. The accused were brought before the public prosecutor’s office on May 28 on charges of “intentional assault and battery” related to the May 18th death Read more

Bishop plans to spray holy water over city from helicopter

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya of Buenaventura, Colombia will borrow a helicopter and spray his city with holy water on July 14 in order to cleanse it from all the demons. “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura from the air and pour holy water onto it… to see if we exorcise all Read more

Bishop sets up exorcism squad

Monday, October 15th, 2018

An exorcism squad has been set up in Ireland by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. Cullinan says he is establishing a “Delivery Ministry”. One priest in Cullinan’s diocese of Waterford and Lismore will start training clerics in the practice of exorcism. Cullinan says he made the decision after receiving a number of requests for help in warding Read more

The Devil’s favourite sin

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The Devil’s favourite sin is pride, according to Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from Spain. In an interview after his first decade as an exorcist, Gallego admitted in the beginning he “had a lot of fear”. “All I had to do was look over my shoulder and I saw demons… the other day I Read more

Exorcism takes longer because church lacks faith

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Exorcism takes longer than it did in even the recent past. According to one exorcist working in Italy, the average time needed for a person to be freed from demonic influence now needs multiple meetings. In the past it was common for a person to be liberated in one session, even if the blessing lasted Read more

Vatican exorcism course facing increasing demand

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

An exorcism course being held in Rome this week has drawn about 250 priests from dozens of countries. There is an increasing demand for exorcisms throughout the world. Topics the course covers include how to identify demonic possession, witchcraft in Africa, how to tell the difference between demonic possession and mental illness, and the rituals Read more

What is an exorcism?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the English translation of “Exorcisms and Related Supplications” in 2014. The Vatican approved the translation in spring 2017. Because much of the public perception of the nature and application of exorcism is shaped by mass media, the bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship approved basic questions and answers with Read more