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  • Priest jailed after nun's death in exorcism

    02/19/2007 8:29:23 PM PST · by familyop · 17 replies · 720+ views
    IrelandOn-Line ^ | 19FEB07 | IOL
    A Romanian priest has been sentenced to 14 years in prison today after a nun died during an exorcism ritual. Sister Maricica Irina Cornici, 23, who was being treated for schizophrenia, said she believed the devil was talking to her. Daniel Petru Corogeanu, a monk who served as the priest for a secluded Holy Trinity convent in northeast Romania, and four other nuns, chained Cornici to a cross in an attempt at exorcism. She survived several days without food or water, but died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation. The court in the northeast city of Vaslui convicted Corogeanu and the...
  • Man Accused of Trying to Exorcise Devil From 'Days of Our Lives' Star Pleads No Contest

    01/05/2007 3:16:33 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 14 replies · 399+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01-05-07 | WestVirginiaRebel
    Los Angeles-A man accused of trying to exorcise the devil from a "Days of Our Lives" star after bursting into his Malibu backyard pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of battery and entering private property without permission. In addition, a judge granted a restrainging order sought by actor Drake Hogestyn against Carl Raymond Cheney of Oregon, who entered his plea Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Catholic Q&A: Angels and Demons (Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)

    11/09/2006 7:46:51 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 745+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | November 2006 | answers by Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    1. What is an exorcism?Q: I saw your article about a post-exorcism experience on Spirit Daily. Just what is an exorcism and is it anything like the movies? Exorcisms are rarely similar to what is portrayed in the movies such as The Exorcist or The Exorcism of Emily Rose (see below). There are certainly points of comparison, but Hollywood needs theatrics to dress up or sensationalize an experience of something extraordinary like the supernatural battle against evil. The exaggerations of Hollywood only serve to diminish our sense of the reality of evil and the existence of the devil.... Fundamentally, an...
  • Vatican Warns Controversial Archbishop not to Work with Dan Brown on New Movie

    08/23/2006 11:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 933+ views
    Total Catholic ^ | August 23, 2006 | Gerry O'Connell
    The Holy See has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for a rebel African archbishop if reports that he is to work with the author of the Da Vinci Code on a new novel about exorcisms are true. Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the unpredictable African faith healer and exorcist, is reported to have agreed to work with Dan Brown on the project. The agreement was said to have been reached at a meeting in Houston, Texas, attended by representatives of Dan Brown, Sony Pictures, Random House publishing company and Target, an American company which intends to finance the film. Participants...
  • What is Exorcism and How is it Performed?

    04/24/2006 5:47:06 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 13 replies · 825+ views
    by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.To believe in exorcism you must first believe in the devil. Exorcism is the act of driving out or warding off evil spirits from persons, places, or things. The means employed for this purpose are especially the solemn and authoritative adjuration of the demons, commanding them in the name of God to leave the person or the object which is under their malevolent influence. Among polytheistic religions the use of protective means against the molestation of evil spirits is an essential part of their worship of the deities. The benevolent gods are invoked for whatever...
  • Satan victim of a devilish image problem (says former Jesuit)

    04/24/2006 6:11:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies · 827+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 12, 2006 | Barney Zwartz
    A FORMER Jesuit turned university professor has set himself an ambitious project: rehabilitating the devil.Henry Ansgar Kelly says Satan is the most maligned figure in history and has endured 17 centuries of unjustified character assassination."For 1700 years Satan has been the enemy of God, whereas in the Bible he works for God, he's his prime minister or attorney-general, in charge of policing the world," Professor Kelly said."He is one of God's angels, and his job is to test people."The 71-year-old University of California professor has played devil's advocate for four decades, and is the author of many books and scholarly...
  • Vatican exorcist Amorth speaks on Satan's smoke

    03/21/2006 6:00:49 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 2,612+ views
    Spero News ^ | March 16, 2006 | Stefano Maria Paci
    Twenty-nine years have passed since that day, June 29 1972. It was the Feast of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles. It was the Feast of Saint Paul who brought the Gospel of Christ to the extreme corners of the West. On that day, June 29, Feast of the Patron Saints of Rome, Peter’s successor who had taken the name of Paul issued a dramatic warning. Paul VI spoke of God’s enemy supreme, that enemy of man called Satan, enemy of the Church. “The smoke of Satan”, warned Paul VI, “has found its way into the Church through the fissures”....
  • Vatican exorcist Amorth speaks on Satan's smoke

    03/20/2006 11:50:05 AM PST · by Antioch · 6 replies · 627+ views
    Spero News ^ | Thursday, March 16, 2006 | Stefano Maria Paci
    Twenty-nine years have passed since that day, June 29 1972. It was the Feast of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles. It was the Feast of Saint Paul who brought the Gospel of Christ to the extreme corners of the West. On that day, June 29, Feast of the Patron Saints of Rome, Peter’s successor who had taken the name of Paul issued a dramatic warning. Paul VI spoke of God’s enemy supreme, that enemy of man called Satan, enemy of the Church. “The smoke of Satan”, warned Paul VI, “has found its way into the Church through the fissures”....
  • Christianity and mental illness

    02/15/2006 6:22:56 PM PST · by DallasMike · 11 replies · 466+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | February 15, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Some questions about the Christian life have easy answers. Others do not. In a nice article from January 17th, 2006, D.C. Toedt at The Questioning Christian addresses the thorny and complex issue of Christianity and mental illness. It is my opinion that the Christian community in general has historically not done a very good job at of understanding and ministering to those with mental illness. Christians have no problems helping those suffering from heart disease and cancer, but often blame mental illness on the patient. How many Christians have been told "If you just prayed more and developed a better attitude" you...
  • Pentecostal exorcist Bob Larson blessed by Rome's Chief Exorcist

    02/14/2006 8:05:00 AM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,534+ views ^ | December 28, 2005 | Bob Larson
    December, 28, 2005Dear Friend,            A warm handshake, the touching of each cheek in turn (in true Italian style), and the words, “We are doing the same mission for our Lord Jesus Christ.”            That moment bridged a gap of centuries. Five hundred years ago I would not have been standing in the Vatican and a priest might have called for my death as a heretic. But this day in December, 2005, was a day of reconciliation and embracing on common ground–the belief in waging spiritual war through exorcism, deliverance, and healing. St. Peter's Basilica. The largest church in the world.            ...
  • When the demons strike back: experience of an exorcist after an exorcism

    01/27/2006 7:37:26 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies · 1,303+ views
    SpiritDaily ^ | January 27, 2006 | Fr. Tom Euteneuer
    I have been an exorcist for three years, and I know all too well that it always costs something to enter onto the devil’s territory and wrench a soul out of his grip, but I have never experienced a demonic retaliation like the one I am about to recount. The only reason I write this true story is to encourage those who read this to remain vigilant, faithful and confident that Christ and His angels have all-surpassing power over demons. The demons may make us suffer temporarily, but they are no match for the power of Christ’s Love and the...
  • Cardinal Cottier on Exorcisms - "The Church Must Speak About the Devil"

    01/22/2006 3:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 471+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 22, 2006 | Cardinal Georges Cottier
    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 22, 2006 ( Cardinal Georges Cottier, while he was still the theologian to the Pontifical Household, wrote an introduction to the book "Presidente degli Esorcisti -- Esperienze e Delucidazioni di Don Gabriele Amorth" (President of the Exorcists -- Experiences and Clarifications of Father Gabriel Amorth). Father Amorth is an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, and founder and honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists. The book has been recently published by Edizioni Carismatici Francescani. Here is a translation of Cardinal Cottier's introduction. * * * The Church must speak about the devil. Though he sinned,...
  • Exorcism was sought for BTK killer

    01/16/2006 3:05:20 PM PST · by warpcorebreach · 34 replies · 1,263+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 01-16-06 | ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
    Dennis Rader’s pastor sought permission to perform a jailhouse exorcism on the BTK killer but authorities wouldn’t allow it, the Rev. Michael Clark told an Overland Park audience Sunday. Clark believes demonic forces drove Rader to murder 10 victims in the Wichita area, he said at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. In response to an audience member’s question, the Lutheran pastor said he spoke at length with the Sedgwick County sheriff about performing the exorcism. The sheriff politely refused to allow it, Clark said. “Dennis was influenced, I believe, by some kind of demonic force and that played a role in...
  • Italy has army of exorcists

    12/20/2005 10:19:25 AM PST · by Antioch · 5 replies · 310+ views ^ | December 19 | ANSA
    Italy's leading exorcist said on Thursday there were up to 330 priests practising the Vatican-approved procedures for casting out the Devil all over the country . In the Catholic Church exorcists must be priests and they have to be given a sort of 'licence' to perform the special rites by their local bishop . Father Gabriele Amorth, founder and head of an international association of exorcists, said there were no official figures for Italy but he reckoned the number was between 300 and 330 . While exorcists were busy trying to expel Satan from possessed Italians, Father Amorth implied that...
  • Eight sent to asylum after horror exorcism killings in Mexico (The worst story I've ever seen)

    12/17/2005 7:23:28 AM PST · by emiller · 26 replies · 1,071+ views
    Tapei Times ^ | 12-17-05
    A judge ordered eight adults committed to a prison psychiatric facility for 40 years on Thursday for the grisly exorcism slayings of a seven-month-old baby and a 13-year-old girl in a remote mountain community in western Mexico. The brutality of the Dec. 7 killings -- the baby was hacked to death and dismembered while the teenager killed with stones -- has shocked Mexico. Officials say the killers were the victims' own parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, who had become convinced the girls were demons or possessed by the devil. They carried out the ritual slayings, accompanied by prayers, the lighting...
  • Black magic, murder and madness in Satanist South Africa

    11/20/2005 7:19:29 PM PST · by ncountylee · 10 replies · 851+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 21, 2005
    The fixation with the occult dates back to apartheid, writes Gavin du Venage in Cape Town A CHURCH custodian is murdered in the dead of night and his mutilated corpse, bearing vicious stab wounds to his head and side mimicking those of Jesus Christ on the cross, is left in front of the altar. On the ground, in the victim's blood, is written the word "Satun" (sic). The Halloween slaying of 53-year-old Charles Jacobs, janitor at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in the quiet, church-going town of Paarl, east of Cape Town, is the latest in...
  • The Reality of Satan and the Victory of Jesus and Mary (an Exorcist speaks out)

    10/29/2005 6:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 1,052+ views
    Mother of All Peoples ^ | October 29, 2005 | Written by Fr. Gabriele Amorth   
    The devil is one of God's creatures. We cannot talk about him and about exorcisms without first stating some basic facts about God's plan for creation. We will not say anything new, but we might present a new perspective.All too often we have the wrong concept of creation, and we take for granted the following wrong sequence of events. We believe that one day God created the angels; that he put them to the test, although we are not sure which test; and that as a result we have the division among angels and demons. The angels were rewarded with...
  • First day of school for aspiring Vatican exorcists

    10/13/2005 11:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 13, 2005 | Philip Pullella
    It was the first day of school, so some students were understandably nervous. But then again, they were not taking just any course, but one run by a Vatican university to teach aspiring demonologists and exorcists."There is no doubt that the devil is intervening more in the life of man these days," Father Paolo Scarafoni told the students, most of them priests who want to learn how to tackle the demon if they should ever encounter him."Not all of you will become exorcists but it is indispensable that every priest knows how to discern between demonic possession and psychological problems,"...
  • Dali's gift to exorcist uncovered

    10/13/2005 11:10:35 AM PDT · by Antioch · 4 replies · 300+ views
    ANSA ^ | 2005-10-12 | ANSA
    An art expert has uncovered a sculpture of Christ on the Cross he claims Salvador Dali made to thank an Italian friar who exorcised him. Armando Ginesi found the piece, measuring 60cm by 30cm, among the personal belongings of Gabriele Maria Berardi, a friar who died in 1984, in a storeroom in Rome. He has shown the work to two Spanish experts on the Surrealist artist. They agreed that there are "sufficient stylistic reasons" to believe it was made by Dali . According to Ginesi, Berardi told friends and relatives he exorcised Dali of a demon in 1947 during a...
  • All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    10/08/2005 12:06:36 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 15 replies · 1,291+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | October 8, 2005 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    More and more movies are being aimed at the faith-based audience. Many of them claim to be by people of faith. And, many people in the church are getting very excited about these films. Some of these filmmakers are at the top of their game. Some have gone to the most prestigious film schools. But even so, after watching some of the theological errors and confusion in these movies, perhaps they would have been better studying theology and reading, writing and critical thinking rather than film. In one recent movie, the name of Jesus is claimed to have power only...