New restaurant owner calls ghostbuster

By John Weekes for the New Zealand Herald 8 December 2013

Troubled Botany restaurant an establishment where they don’t usually serve spirits

The new boss of a restaurant that has sent five owners broke in three years wants an exorcist to check the property for evil spirits.

Auckland businessman Darius Karani is setting up an Asian fusion restaurant in Bishop Dunn Place, Botany. He has run successful firms in the food industry before but said the new outlet presented a challenge.

“Nobody’s ever been able to be successful at business over there,” Karani said. “They’ve always had a problem.” Continue reading

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The country where exorcisms are on the rise

By Vladimir Hernandez for BBC Mundo 25 November 2013

Does God exist? Does the Devil exist? The Catholic church believes they both do – and some priests say they are currently having an immense battle in Mexico.

To some it may seem extraordinary, but priests say the country is under attack by Satan, and that more exorcists are needed to fight him.

This attack, they say, is showing itself in the gruesome drug-related violence, including human sacrifice, that has engulfed the country since 2006.

According to the latest official figures available, at least 70,000 people have died in this period, including gunmen, members of the security forces, and many innocent civilians.

But, the priests say, it’s not just the numbers. The savagery also stands out. Continue reading