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One of Rome's Busiest Exorcists Tells of Woman Vomiting Pins

Fr. Vincenzo Taraborelli performs as many as 30 exorcisms on a given day

(Newser) - Italy is no stranger to exorcisms, with half a million Italians reportedly requesting them each year. The Independent in 2015 reported on an exorcism of an entire town, performed via helicopter. Three years prior, the Catholic diocese of Milan instituted an exorcism hotline, reported the BBC . But in the wake... More »

'After School Satan Club' Coming to Portland School

But it's about teaching science, not worshiping Beelzebub

(Newser) - Normally, an elementary school adding an after-school program isn't cause for national headlines. Things are little different when the program is called the After School Satan Club. The Portland chapter of the Satanic Temple has just been approved to establish the club at Sacramento Elementary School in Portland, the... More »

Trump: Clinton Is the Devil

He says the election could be 'rigged'

(Newser) - As of Tuesday, there are 98 days to go until the election—but perhaps not too much lower for the level of discourse to sink. Donald Trump took what the BBC calls an "unprecedented step" Monday when he came straight out and called Hillary Clinton the devil. Bernie Sanders... More »

Satanists Reject Ted Cruz Comparison

Boehner's not being fair to Lucifer, they say

(Newser) - Likening Ted Cruz to "Lucifer in the flesh" is deeply unfair to the Dark One, according to annoyed Satanists. After John Boehner made the comparison , adding that he had "never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch," the Satanic Temple was quick to distance itself... More »

Satanic Statue Gets New Home in Detroit

It wasn't welcome outside Okla. Capitol

(Newser) - A good day for the devil's disciples? The statue that Satanists wanted to erect outside Oklahoma's Capitol building has found a more welcoming, but apparently temporary, home in Detroit. The 9-foot, 2,000-pound statue of winged, goat-headed idol Baphomet was unveiled just before midnight on Saturday at a... More »

Satanists Stole Holy Wafer for Black Mass: Archbishop

His lawsuit asks judge to halt Satanic ritual in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - A Satanist group has stolen a holy wafer from a Catholic church to use in an upcoming "black Mass," or so alleges a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Oklahoma City Catholic archbishop. Paul S. Coakley asked an Oklahoma County district court judge "to halt the desecration" of... More »

Pope Gets Medieval in Fight Against Devil

Old-school attitude raises Vatican eyebrows

(Newser) - Pope Francis has become known for his progressive attitudes but Vatican insiders say his approach to Satan is decidedly old-school, far more so than his recent predecessors, the Washington Post finds. In many sermons, the pontiff has warned that the devil is a real, ever-present evil entity that people need... More »

Satanists Disown Accused Craigslist Killer

Woman who claims to have killed at least 22 'isn't one of us'

(Newser) - The nation's devil-worshipers are scrambling to distance themselves from a teenage woman who claims to have killed at least 22 people as part of a satanic cult. "We have never had any contact from this woman, nor her accomplice," the head priest of the Church of Satan... More »

Obama-Satan Comparisons 'Nonsense,' Says Bible Actor

Mehdi Ouazzani laughs off controversy

(Newser) - Mehdi Ouazzani isn't the devil, but he has played one on TV—only he didn't realize that some thought he looked like President Obama while he was at it. A veteran Moroccan actor with decades of film experience, Ouazzani was bemused to wake up one morning and find... More »

Internet Freaks Over Bible's Obama-Satan Resemblance

Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni bears striking resemblance to president

(Newser) - The Internet is all aflutter over the resemblance between President Obama and one Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, the actor who happens to be playing Satan in the History Channel's The Bible miniseries . Glenn Beck tweeted about it Saturday, but things really took off on Twitter when last night's episode... More »

'Outrageous' Santorum Cries Hitler All the Time

'Evil' metaphors landing candidate in hot water

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's evil metaphors are not playing well: While the Drudge Report berated Santorum for warning that Satan is after America's soul , Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is now skewering him for hinting that there's a Nazi in the White House. Santorum compared the 2012 election... More »

Drudge Hitting Santorum Hard Over Old 'Satan' Speech

Sign of trouble for him among conservatives?

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's two biggest problems today appear to be Satan and Matt Drudge. The latter is using his influential Drudge Report to highlight a 2008 speech Santorum gave in which he warned about Satan having his "sights on" the US, reports Politico . "Drudge is making Santorum look... More »

Guy Sets Motel Room Fire Because Satan Lived There

Totally makes sense, right?

(Newser) - There’s only one obvious reason a person might set his motel room blankets on fire: Because he thinks he’s sharing the room with Satan. That’s the excuse a 52-year-old Washington man gave to cops after allegedly starting the motel room fire Friday, the Herald reports. He had... More »

Pope's Exorcist: Satan Is in the Vatican

Priest links sex scandals, cardinals, bishops to devil

(Newser) - Sex scandals in the Catholic Church are continuing proof that the devil has infiltrated the Vatican, the Holy See's chief exorcist has revealed. Satanic manipulations have triggered Vatican power struggles and resulted in "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon,"... More »

'Dear Pat Robertson, Leave Me Out of It. Best, Satan'

Letter to the editor on Haiti slur channels prince of darkness

(Newser) - Pat Robertson blames the Haiti earthquake on a "pact to the devil," but the prince of darkness is having none of it. At least that's the message of a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that's quickly going viral. "If I had a thing... More »

Haitian Slams Robertson for Devil Pact Diss

Ambassador tells Rachel Maddow US benefited from Haiti 'devil pact'

(Newser) - So, the Satanic curse that Pat Robertson blames for Haiti's current suffering? The Haitian ambassador to the US begs to point out that Americans might not want to be so quick to join the televangelist in equating the island nation's fight for independence from France to a pact with the... More »

Tom Waits Wows Film Critics, Ticks Off His Mom

Singer's turn as Satan causes trouble at home

(Newser) - Tom Waits is 60 years old, but his mom can still get to him. The gravelly-voiced singer plays Satan in Terry Gilliam's latest trippy film, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and that isn't going over well with his mother. She's religious, you see. "She's really upset," he says.... More »

Obama the Anti-Christ? Maybe in New Jersey

(Newser) - New Jerseyans are apparently having a difficult time figuring out whether the president is the devil or not, the Washington Independent reports. To be sure, a Public Policy Polling questionnaire has 79% of respondents responding “No” to the question “Do you think Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ?” But... More »

Prejean: 'Satan Set Gay Trap for Me'

She rejected devil and 'stood up for God' on gay marriage, Prejean tells Dobson

(Newser) - Miss California has told a Christian radio program that "Satan tried to tempt me" with the gay marriage pageant question that rocketed her into controversy. "I wanted to sound politically correct" and win the Miss USA pageant, Carrie Prejean told evangelical leader James Dobson yesterday. "Then God... More »

Where Bernie's Headed: Dante's Ninth Circle

Hell's worst area is frozen land ruled by Satan

(Newser) - If 150 years in prison seems like meager penance for Bernie Madoff, consider where he would go in Dante's Inferno: the Ninth Circle of Hell. There, the world's worst sinners—betrayers—freeze in an iceworld kept cool by Satan himself. "Betrayal destroys the trust that binds humanity, and... More »

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