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Pope's exorcist squads will wage war on Satan
Daily Mail ^ | 29th December 2007 | NICK PISA

Posted on 12/29/2007 9:04:54 AM PST by citizen

The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.

Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.

They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of "Godlessness."

Each bishop is to be told to have in his diocese a number of priests trained to fight demonic possession.

The initiative was revealed by 82-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican "exorcistinchief," to the online Catholic news service Petrus.

"Thanks be to God, we have a Pope who has decided to fight the Devil head-on," he said.

"Too many bishops are not taking this seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against the Devil. You have to hunt high and low for a properly trained exorcist.

"Thankfully, Benedict XVI believes in the existence and danger of evil - going back to the time he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith." The CDF is the oldest Vatican department and was headed by Benedict from 1982, when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, until he became Pope in 2005.

Father Amorth said...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: catholic; demons; exorcism; hillary; thegameisafoot; vatican
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1 posted on 12/29/2007 9:04:56 AM PST by citizen
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To: citizen

Eerie stuff!


2 posted on 12/29/2007 9:06:14 AM PST by Mears
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To: citizen
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3 posted on 12/29/2007 9:13:20 AM PST by Bon mots (I)
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To: citizen

Well God Bless the Pope and the Priests trained in this area. The little I have had to do with this area has highlighted the fact that it takes a very specila and well trained person to venture forth taking ground from Satan and his minions. There should also be prayer warriors who meet to support these Priests in prayer.

Doing this work is like paiting a big bullseye on your back. It takes a very moral and spiritual person to resist the temptations and assaults that can come though the spiritual world

Blessings

Mel


4 posted on 12/29/2007 9:16:12 AM PST by melsec (A Proud Aussie)
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To: citizen

I don’t know if or how exorcisms work, but I suppose using spiritualism to combat a spiritual force might work. One need only look to the middle east to see Satan.


5 posted on 12/29/2007 9:17:25 AM PST by Natural Law
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To: Bon mots

terrific graphic


6 posted on 12/29/2007 9:18:54 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: citizen
"Thanks be to God, we have a Pope who has decided to fight the Devil head-on," he said.

There's the money shot. That's wonderful. I couldn't agree with him more. The more I hear of this pope the more I like him. God really does send us what we need.

8 posted on 12/29/2007 9:22:57 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: citizen
"If you're going to San Francisco..."
9 posted on 12/29/2007 9:27:05 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: citizen
combat what they call the most extreme form of "Godlessness"

Well, that can only mean fundamentalist Islam..
Nice to see the Roman Catholic Church allocate it's vast assets and resources to the WOT..

10 posted on 12/29/2007 9:27:18 AM PST by Riodacat ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." - WC)
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To: citizen
THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!!

THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!!

THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!!!

11 posted on 12/29/2007 9:29:02 AM PST by Clemenza (I NO Heart Huckabee)
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To: citizen

Personal opinion only, an exorcism and $9.00 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. But go for it if that’s what flops your mop. Better than spending Sunday watching the Chiefs and Jets.


12 posted on 12/29/2007 9:30:25 AM PST by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Riodacat
Anyone with any spiritual sense knows that Islam is a demoniacally inspired religion.
13 posted on 12/29/2007 9:31:30 AM PST by quadrant
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To: citizen

Can I send him my ex-wife’s name?


14 posted on 12/29/2007 9:34:57 AM PST by Cyman
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To: citizen

15 posted on 12/29/2007 9:37:46 AM PST by danneskjold
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To: Bon mots
HILLDABEAST
16 posted on 12/29/2007 9:38:44 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Clemenza

Hello Satan!

17 posted on 12/29/2007 9:40:23 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: RichInOC

His proper name now is

Pope Benedict XVI.


18 posted on 12/29/2007 9:46:45 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: ottbmare
I don't mean to embarass you, but you might want to consider a different choice of words than "money shot", especially in a thread about The Pope confronting evil.

(I could tell you what it means but it really isn't appropriate here.)

19 posted on 12/29/2007 9:48:51 AM PST by OKSooner
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
terrific graphic

I just happened to have that one already made when this thread got started, but it's easy to make church signs thanks to ChurchSignGenerator.com.

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20 posted on 12/29/2007 9:52:31 AM PST by Bon mots (I)
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To: Salvation

I know. And I have the greatest respect for His Holiness...but “Ratz” fits better with the “Zero Wing” parody.


21 posted on 12/29/2007 9:52:51 AM PST by RichInOC (SATAN: WHAT!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Great graphic!

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22 posted on 12/29/2007 10:00:05 AM PST by Bon mots (I)
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To: Bon mots
Pretty neat! But I see you need to have your own site to store the images.


23 posted on 12/29/2007 10:02:29 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: citizen

Democrats, listen up!


24 posted on 12/29/2007 10:08:49 AM PST by Signalman
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To: citizen; Clemenza
We've been had! Copied from a post on another thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1945395/posts?page=15#15

I just found this at Catholic World News:

Vatican, Dec. 28, 2007 (CWNews.com) -

The Vatican has denied a report that Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) plans a new emphasis on exorcisms.

In an interview with Italy's Petrus web site, which concentrates on Vatican affairs, Father Gabriele Amorth, the official exorcist of the Rome diocese, said that the Holy Father would soon undertake a new campaign to combat demonic possession.

"Thank God," said the Italian priest, "we have a Pope who has decided to confront the devil head-on."

Father Amorth-- who has gained a worldwide reputation as an expert of the subject, and the author of a popular book on exorcism and demonic possession-- told Petrus that a new Vatican document would call for the designation of exorcists in every Catholic diocese around the world. He also said that Pope Benedict would restore the tradition of reciting the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, composed by Pope Leo XIII, at the end of every Mass.

But Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, flatly denied the Petrus report. The papal spokesman said: "Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession."

The topic of exorcism commands considerable public interest in Italy, and Father Amorth has frequently generated attention with his warnings about the unchecked spread of diabolical influence. In a new course on the topic, being offered by the pontifical university Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Father Paolo Scarafoni has warned that Satanic cults are making inroads in Italian society, and cautioned that the influence of the devil is real-- although he has also reported that most suspected cases of demonic possession can be explained by other factors.

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25 posted on 12/29/2007 10:11:01 AM PST by Ken H
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To: melsec

yes, but those demonic attacks come to all of us in our daily life. We just may not recognize them and think they are our thoughts sometimes. The fhu.com has a simple be still cd that helps so many people to separate from the evil in our minds and become free.


26 posted on 12/29/2007 10:13:16 AM PST by fabian
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To: citizen
"...You have to hunt high and low for a properly trained exorcist....."

Kewl. Where do I sign up for training?

27 posted on 12/29/2007 10:23:34 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: citizen

Did you hear about the dylexic devil worshipper? Tried to sell his soul to Santa.


28 posted on 12/29/2007 10:24:04 AM PST by darth
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To: OKSooner

Remind me to never look through your dvd collection.


29 posted on 12/29/2007 10:26:24 AM PST by John Will
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To: Ken H

The Pope has to do what he has to do. What can or would they do to him?


30 posted on 12/29/2007 10:31:48 AM PST by citizen ("Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Clemenza

THE BED IS ON MY FOOT!!!

THE BED IS ON MY FOOT!!!

THE BED IS ON MY FOOT!!!


31 posted on 12/29/2007 10:32:07 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: Bon mots
Kid: Hey, let me see that tongue-flick thing again!

HF

32 posted on 12/29/2007 10:32:51 AM PST by holden
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To: citizen

wow. the mail. I’d like to see the Pope’s remarks about this.


33 posted on 12/29/2007 10:35:17 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (whose spirit is hillary channelling these days?)
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To: Mears

it’s about freaking time!


34 posted on 12/29/2007 10:36:55 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (whose spirit is hillary channelling these days?)
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To: RichInOC

LOL


35 posted on 12/29/2007 10:42:01 AM PST by GinaLolaB
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To: Cicero
Pretty neat! But I see you need to have your own site to store the images.

You don't need a login or anything to store them over at Image Shack.

36 posted on 12/29/2007 10:43:48 AM PST by Bon mots (I)
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To: Cicero
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37 posted on 12/29/2007 10:49:52 AM PST by Bon mots (I)
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To: fabian

Always admired Roy from college days but thanks for the link. I had the cassette but the download will be very useful.

This my friends is the door that opens inner peace. I’m overdue to get back.

Now I hope this prayer about St. Michael is true. I really do as our world needs all the help that prayer can muster.


38 posted on 12/29/2007 10:51:30 AM PST by romanesq
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To: John Will
Hey, I can't help it if I'm not naive about that kind of stuff.

Besides, I heard Boortz talking about it one day. :\

39 posted on 12/29/2007 10:55:07 AM PST by OKSooner
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To: citizen; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; jdm; countess; ...
The devil?

PUDDY: (pounding the hood) Hey, what are you doing?! Watch where you're driving, man! (He approaches the passenger side window) Don't mess with the Devils, buddy. We're number one, we beat anybody! We're the Devils! The Devils!! Haaaa!!!

(Puddy runs away, leaving the old priest shaken.)

FATHER HERNANDEZ: El Diablo! Dios mio! El Diablo!!

40 posted on 12/29/2007 10:57:25 AM PST by Gamecock (Aaron had what every megachurch pastor craves: a huge crowd that gave freely and lively worship.)
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To: OKSooner

I’m sorry, your implication is that the meaning of the phrase is something rude or coarse? I didn’t know that. I apologize, I meant NO disrespect to the Holy Father, whose book I am currently reading with the greatest enjoyment.


41 posted on 12/29/2007 11:34:11 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: ottbmare

Don’t google it or it will bring bad things to your computer.


42 posted on 12/29/2007 12:18:46 PM PST by OKSooner
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To: OKSooner

I’m sorry, I thought it had something to do with basketball or hockey. Mea maxima culpa.


43 posted on 12/29/2007 12:23:36 PM PST by ottbmare
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To: citizen

Didn’t they do this during The Inquisition?


44 posted on 12/29/2007 1:13:25 PM PST by BipolarBob (I've been stung by honey bees and bumblebees. I don't want no huckle bee.)
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To: citizen

This can ony help combat evil rampant among the faithless.

IN Russia within the Russian Orthodox Church, exorcisms are being done with great success.

http://paranormal.about.com/library/bl_exorcism_video.htm


45 posted on 12/29/2007 1:18:20 PM PST by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: romanesq
Now I hope this prayer about St. Michael is true. I really do as our world needs all the help that prayer can muster.

Well, I can only speak for my Parish, but at Our Lady of Hope in Potomac Falls, VA, the prayer to St. Michael is said after the dismissal in Mass. It was the first time I encountered it and I hope the practice spreads.

For those who are not familiar with the prayer:

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

There is some interesting history behind this prayer when I looked it up on Wikipedia at this link:

Prayer to St. Michael

46 posted on 12/29/2007 1:27:11 PM PST by Crolis (I'm with Fred!)
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To: citizen
Mar 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mar 16:16 "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

Mar 16:17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

If you are Christian [not just a member of some religion that use the term 'christian'] you can and should be casting out demons. Forget the hollywood and RCC nonsense and DO what Jesus has told you to do.

47 posted on 12/29/2007 1:48:17 PM PST by free_life
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I wish... but the Vat has already denied this story.


48 posted on 12/29/2007 1:52:20 PM PST by omega4179 (Oppose Global Jihad)
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“The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.”

So there is such a thing? I thought it was only part of Hollywood horror flicks.


49 posted on 12/29/2007 2:01:48 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: citizen

This was going on big time in the early 1970’s. What makes anyone think there’s more interest now?


50 posted on 12/29/2007 2:13:14 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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