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 →
This past Friday brought sad tidings, the news of the passing of yet another person of note in a year when there seems to have been a great preponderance of last breaths drawn by those who have shaped our culture and world.
And yet this passing will likely be noted by few in the world outside the Catholic Church. While unfortunate, it’s sadder that many even within the Church will take little note of the fact that this giant is no longer with us. He was a man and, more important still, a loyal follower of Christ, going wherever it was that conscience and the Magisterium told him to go.
The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, has died at the age of 91. 
A priest of the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago suffering from pulmonary complications, according to Italian media reports.
Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Gabriele Amorth entered the Pauline congregation in Alba in 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed Giacomo Alberione. Ordained in 1951, he was appointed exorcist of the diocese of Rome Continue reading →
By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE and AFP
PUBLISHED: 09:57 EST, 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:35 EST, 19 May 2016
The director of the horror classic ‘The Exorcist’, William Friedkin, has revealed that he has become the first person in the world to film a real exorcism at the Vatican.
The 80-year-old American filmmaker told a masterclass at the Cannes film festival late Thursday that he was invited by the chief exorcist in Rome to Continue reading →
“Please send me information on how to attend the class on exorcism at the Vatican!”
As most readers of this blog might imagine, the preceding request is one we frequently receive; it would seem that a large number of people want to take part in the battle against demonic possession or they simply desire to satisfy their curiosity.
It was my understanding that up until the last year or so the Istituto Sacerdos only offered this course to the Priests and Sisters of the Roman Catholic church, however as the story we posted titled “Institute to hold 11th exorcism course” explains, the course is now apparently open to not only clergy but lay people as well.
Now as to how one might attend, your guess is as good as mine at this point, but perhaps there is an answer… Continue reading →
Organiser says secular society opens way to demonic influence
(ANSA) – Rome, March 9 – The Regina Apostolorum pontifical institution of the Legionaries of Christ in April will offer the 11th edition of its week-long course on exorcism, open to both clergy and laypeople who want to learn about the practice of exorcism as well as its practical applications in both pastoral life and other fields such as psychology and law.
The course is organised by the Istituto Sacerdos in collaboration with Continue reading →