Posts Tagged ‘Exorcism’

Pastor accused of punching church member Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A nurse has described a bizarre community exorcism in Auckland where a travelling pastor allegedly punched her in the face to cleanse her of demons. Ketina Chivasa, who works at Auckland City Hospital, said the close-fisted punch was so hard she became dizzy, her face swelled up and she suffered a two-day headache. “It was Read more

Warning that vampire films leading young to the occult Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015

An authority on demonic possession has warned that the number of beautiful vampires in TV series and films is leading young people to dabble in the occult. Professor Giuseppe Ferrari said this to a Vatican-backed exorcism course in Rome recently. The professor heads an Italian occult watchdog, The Group on Research and Socio-Religious Information. Series Read more

Spanish priest investigated for exorcisms on anorexic teen Comments 0

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Spanish priest is being investigated after allegedly performing more than a dozen exorcisms on a teenage girl with anorexia. When the girl was 16, her parents interpreted her problems with anorexia and anxiety as a sign of demonic possession. Her parents turned to exorcism after stays in hospitals didn’t see her recover. The parents Read more

Exorcism – defeating the devil Comments 0

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The official exorcist for Sin City sits in a comfortable chair with his legs crossed, under a framed picture of Saint Mary MacKillop. He has bushy white eyebrows, a severe side part and eyes the colour of a cloudy day. He offers me a biscuit with my tea. We are seated in a small, chilly Read more

Church proposes ‘Holyween’ celebration instead of Halloween Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

The Church in Italy has called for Halloween to be scrapped and replaced with “Holyween”, a night in which children would go to prayer vigils and Masses. A conference of exorcists in Rome last weekend warned of the danger to young people at Halloween. This is a time when there is an increase in occult Read more

Exorcism performed after black Mass in US civic building Comments 0

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City and a priest have performed prayers of exorcism in a civic building after a black Mass was held there. Archbishop Paul Coakley said he learned that some patrons of Oklahoma City’s Civic Center were troubled and anxious about the possible after-effects of the September 21 black Mass. “From the Read more

Church of England boots devil reference from Baptism liturgy Comments 0

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Church of England has removed all reference to the devil from the wording of its official Baptism liturgy. New wording approved by the church’s General Synod asks whether parents and godparents will “turn away from sin” and “reject evil”. In the traditional service, the request was to “reject the devil and all rebellion against Read more

Vatican recognises international exorcist organisation Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Vatican has officially recognised the International Association of Exorcists, which has 250 member priests in 30 countries. Last month, the Congregation for Clergy officially recognised the association, whose members perform ceremonies to “liberate the faithful from demons”. The association was introduced in Italy in 1991 by veteran exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth to share experiences Read more

Failure to exorcise flatulent demons lands Bishop in court Comments 0

Friday, July 5th, 2013

A Romanian lawyer is suing his local Orthodox bishop and four priests claiming they failed to properly exorcise flatulent demons that were forcing him out of his home. Madalin Ciculescu, 34, accused the five of fraud after they turned up several times to exercise the demons which were responsible for the bad smells that were Read more

Wellington Diocese has never needed an exorcist Comments 0

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, has responded to yet another wave of the media’s perennial fascination with exorcists and exorcism by saying Wellington does not have an appointed exorcist, and as far as he knew, the Wellington Catholic Archdiocese had never needed one. Exorcisms in New Zealand are rare, but they do happen – and Read more