THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS gives us a rare look at Church investigations of the supernatural — By FR JOHN BOLLAN
Excerpted from The Scottish Catholic Observer
Last week I received a phone call asking, ‘Are you still the exorcist?’ I was a little thrown off by the question, but not perhaps as much as you might imagine. What threw me off was the out-of-the-blue nature of the query: fans of Star Wars will recognise my reaction if I say I had a ‘Ben Kenobi moment,’ as the character originally played by Alec Guinness gets called by a name he hasn’t heard for ages.
For indeed I was the exorcist, but Continue reading
Posted at Sep 02 2017 ABS-CBN News
In this day and age, cases of demonic possession are usually dismissed as mere superstition.
But for the Catholic Church, dealing with the presence of the devil requires the special ministry of exorcism. However, not all cases of demonic possession manifest the full control of the devil.
In some, the devil may simply influence the life or body of the person.
Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo, the sole exorcist in the Diocese of Cubao, Quezon City explains different Continue reading
BY RICARDO SALUDO ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 The Manila Times
Wendell Talibong has one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs on earth.
The fortysomething battles ruthless enemies impervious to any weapon made by man, whose sole goal is to enslave, corrupt, and destroy people, body, mind, heart and soul.
One time, while Talibong was hurrying to his home city of Ozamiz to succor an elderly woman under a repeat assault, the enemy thrashed his vehicle with a coconut tree trunk thrown like a projectile.
His teenage son suffered grave head injuries, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Miraculously, the boy revived, Continue reading
BY FELIX N. CODILLA III , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR
Jun 20, 2017
The Vatican is looking into a group of exorcists who made a pact with Satan on climate change and the death of Pope Francis. This came about after a video of the Brazil-based group, known as Heralds of the Gospel, emerged online that revealed chilling information of a cataclysmic event and the pontiff’s death.
The devil worshippers look up to their former leader, Dr. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, who they believe is in close contact with Satan, after his death in 1995. Currently, they are led by 77-year-old João Scognamiglio Clá Dias who reportedly resigned as superior general last week but continues to be the “father” of the institute.
The footage was taken at an occasion called “a gathering of priests to share experiences of exorcism” that was attended by about 60 of the occult’s priests. In the video, Dias was shown listening to one member read from a transcript of a purported conversation between the exorcists and the devil.
The transcript described Continue reading
Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2016 from Info-Europa.com
Recognizing the difference between a person who’s possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest. Father Cipriano de Meo, who has been an exorcist since 1952, told CNA’s Italian agency ACI Stampa that typically, a person is not possessed but is Continue reading
BY DAVID MAHER for the Mirror UK
The Catholic Church has specially-trained priests who are ready to perform EXORCISMS.
The Catholic clergy in Ireland has a number of demon-fighting clerics ready to cast out evil spirits who possess people.
They have carried out actual exorcisms in the past – though incidences are rare, the Irish Mirror reports .
A Church statement said: ”Church law requires that Continue reading
by WILLIAM FRIEDKIN for Vanity Fair
Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth’s 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome’s historic center.
After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had Continue reading