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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 »

Exorcist Director Says He Filmed Real-Life Version

'I don't think I will ever be the same'

(Newser) - "I don't think I will ever be the same having seen this astonishing thing," says William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist. No, he's not talking about the movie that terrorized you with a scene of a possessed child doing a backward spider crawl down the stairs.... More »

Live Exorcism Airs on TV Friday Night

Bishop, psychic will be on hand for 'dangerous' rite: network

(Newser) - This should get you in the Halloween mood: The cable channel Destination America says it will broadcast a live exorcism on the St. Louis residence that once housed the inspiration for the film The Exorcist at 9pm EDT on Friday. Catholic priests performed a series of exorcisms on a Maryland... More »

Family Fears It Buried Pregnant Teen Alive

Relatives say Nelsy Perez, 16, had bruises on her fingers as if she had tried to escape

(Newser) - If you suffer from taphephobia , you may not want to read on. The family of a pregnant teen in Honduras who died and was buried yanked her body out of her tomb a day after the funeral, convinced she was still alive, the Guardian reports. The incident reportedly happened in... More »

Priest Confirms Exorcism Video Is Authentic

Was secretly filmed through keyhole in Czech city of Vranov nad Dyji

(Newser) - On Feb. 19, a shriek-filled video was posted to YouTube. What made this one noteworthy: It supposedly captured an exorcism that took place in the Czech city of Vranov nad Dyji. Now, a Catholic priest at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary church confirms the video is authentic. "We... More »

Vatican OKs Exorcist Group

Formally recognizes International Association of Exorcists

(Newser) - Exorcists now have a legal weapon at their disposal. The Vatican has formally recognized the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who liberate the faithful from demons. The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported yesterday that the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy had approved... 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 »

Women Charged in Exorcism Killings Met in Church

Cops release chilling 911 calls

(Newser) - The Maryland mother and the friend who police say helped kill two of her children in what they called an exorcism had only recently met in a church where services feature the casting off of demons, ABC7 finds. Zakieya Avery and Monifa Sanford, who have been charged with murder in... More »

Maryland Mother Kills Her Toddlers in 'Exorcism'

2 older siblings also hurt but expected to survive

(Newser) - A Maryland mother and a second woman stand accused of killing two toddlers and attempting to kill two more in what they say was an exorcism. The Washington Post reports that 1-year-old Norell Harris and 2-year-old Zyana Harris were found stabbed multiple times and dead in the bed of their... More »

Priests Performing Exorcisms Almost Daily in Mexico

Priests: Santa Muerta responsible for death and demons in Mexico

(Newser) - An unexpected side effect of Mexico's rampant drug violence: more exorcisms. Seven years of brutal killings have created "an infestation of demons," says exorcist Father Francisco Bautista, who sees expelling the evil spirits as the solution. Another priest and exorcist tells the BBC that exorcisms are in... More »

Illinois Is 16th State to OK Gay Marriage

'Triumph of democracy' as church attempts exorcism

(Newser) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn invoked Abraham Lincoln as he signed a marriage equality bill into law, making the state the 16th to legalize gay marriage—and the third in the space of a month, after Hawaii and New Jersey. Lincoln "said our nation was conceived in liberty," the... More »

Father, Son Kidnap Ex-Wife for Exorcism: Cops

They somehow got 2 priests to participate, police say

(Newser) - A California father and son were arrested yesterday after police say they kidnapped the father's ex-wife. But they also have another act to answer for: Police say 42-year-old Jose Farias and his 20-year-old son, Victor, kidnapped Farias' ex-wife and then forced her to undergo an exorcism. They allegedly picked... More »

Cops: Man Tried Exorcism on Girlfriend, 80

She's OK, and her 54-year-old beau faces assault charges

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man in, of course, Florida is accused of trying to perform an exorcism on his 80-year-old girlfriend, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Police say David Edward Benes held down his live-in sweetie of three years while trying to "exorcise her and get the devil out of her.... More »

Vatican: This Is Not an Exorcism

Exorcists insist pontiff cast out man's demons

(Newser) - Pope Francis was merely praying in a video that some claim shows him performing an exorcism on a Mexican pilgrim, the Vatican says. In the video—broadcast on a TV station owned by the Italian Bishops' Conference—the man convulses and then goes limp after the stern-faced pontiff places his... More »

Ariz. Teens: Call Us When You Need An Exorcism

'I see demons,' says leader

(Newser) - There's a lot of evil in Arizona. Now the state has its own exorcism squad of teen girls who boast they've successfully cast out demons. "We're just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God," one of the trio, 17-year-old Brynne Larson, tells ABC News... More »

Vatican's Exorcist: Yoga Is Satanic

The devil is in Harry Potter, too, says demon fighter

(Newser) - Yoga is the work of the devil, according to a man who claims to have banished evil spirits from 70,000 people. Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's chief exorcist, says yoga leads to a belief in Hinduism, and "all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation,... More »

Mom Tells of Killing Toddler Son in 'Exorcism'

Latisha Lawson says she was trying to drive out the demon 'Marzon'

(Newser) - A mother killed her toddler son as she was trying to "exorcise" a demon from his body, she told Indiana jurors. She accidentally crushed her son's neck as she attempted to stop him from spitting up a concoction of oil and vinegar she hoped would drive out the... More »

Discovery Channel, Vatican Team Up for Exorcist Series

Church will allow its investigations to be recreated on TV

(Newser) - Discovery Channel will deepen its involvement with the supernatural in a new series called the Exorcist Files—with the unusual twist that the Vatican is helping out, Entertainment Weekly reports. The network will recreate investigations of demonic possessions and hauntings conducted by the Catholic Church, which is opening its files... More »

Catholic Church Seeks Exorcists

Clergy attend weekend training session in Baltimore

(Newser) - Do you have a knack for battling Satan? The Catholic Church may have just the job for you. With just five or six of US priests capable of performing an exorcism and demand for exorcisms rising as Catholics who hail from countries where the rite doesn't evoke head-spinning immigrate to... 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 »

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