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Posted on Monday, February 18 - 2008

The catholic church has revealed how growing interest in satanism and the occult has led to a rise in exorcisms across Queensland. One priest, who asked not to be named for fear of "reprisals", said he was carrying out at least one exorcism a fortnight. More requests for exorcisms came from the Gold Coast than anywhere else. An exorcism involves holy water, sacrament and Bible reading and can go on for many hours, the priest said. Linda Blair made the subject famous in the 1973 film, The Exorcist. "Being possessed by a demon is terrifying in one"s mental and emotional life," he said. "Some of these manifestations are extremely powerful, causing people to be plagued bydisturbances.

They hear voices and see hideous creatures in their sleep. "There has been a recruitment of pagan practices, and it"s sheer poison. "The Gold Coast is not good at all. I do far more exorcisms there than Brisbane." The Catholic Church has vowed to "fight the devil head-on" by training hundreds of priests as exorcists. Bishop Brian Finnigan, acting head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, said it was important for the church to carry out exorcisms. "People need to be freed of that burden," he said. Father Gabriele Amorth, 82, the Pope"s Exorcist-in-Chief, announced the initiative recently amid church concerns about an increase in people dabbling in the occult. Under plans being considered, each bishop would have a group of priests in his diocese who werespecially trained in exorcism. Father Amorth said: "Too many bishops are not taking this seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against the devil. You have to hunt high and low for a proper, trained exorcist." Queensland Catholic priests can carry out exorcisms only if they have been authorised by an archbishop. The priest source, who is based in Brisbane, is the only one permitted to do exorcisms in the state. He said he had travelled to Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville and Toowoomba to save people.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 28 - 2013

Father Gabriele Amorth claims to have personally rid the world of more than 160,000 demons.Head of the International Association of Exorcists, Father Amorth has called for a change in the rules so that all priests can perform exorcisms without first requiring permission from their bishop. The call came following the claim that Pope Francis performed an exorcism on camera last week which waslater denied by the Vatican."Today, unfortunately, bishops don"t appoint sufficient exorcists.

We need many more," said Father Amorth. "I hope that Rome will send out directives to bishops around the world calling on them to appoint more exorcists." "The Catholic Church"s leading "exorcist" is calling for all priests to be allowed to conduct the ritual after Pope Francis apparently performed one in St Peter"s Square last week."  

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Posted on Wednesday, May 22 - 2013

Claims that TV images show Pope Francis performing an exorcism have been denied by the Vatican.The video was recorded during Sunday mass and showed a man reacting to the Pope placing his hands on his head, a scene typical of an exorcism. The footage was shown on a TV channel owned by the Italian bishops" conference along with quotes from exorcists who suggested that it did indeed show Pope Francis performing such a ritual.Inan official statement however, spokesman Federico Lombardi was quick to deny that the Pope had performed an exorcism.

"Rather as he frequently does with the sick or suffering who come his way, he simply intended to pray for a suffering person," he said. The director of the TV station, Dino Boffo, later apologized, stating "I apologise for having altered the truth of the facts and for the people who are involved, in particular I apologise to the Holy Father." "TheVatican has denied claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism, after TV images showed a man apparently reacting to him putting his hands on his head."  

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Posted on Sunday, December 02 - 2012

The new phone service has been set up in Milan in an effort to help deal with increasingly high demand.According to the diocese"s chief exorcist Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, double the number of exorcists have been appointed to deal with requests for help over the last 15 years. "We get many requests for names, addresses and phone numbers; that’s why we’ve set up a switchboard in the curia from Monday to Friday from 2.30pm to 5pm," he said. Mascheroni did emphasize however that most of the cases dealtwith were not the result of demonic possessions and feels that the increase could be partly down to a rise in the number of parents unable to handle disobedient teenagers.By contrast, former chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth claims that he has dealt with more than 70,000 cases of demonic possession over 25 years.

Father Amorth also believes that sex abuse scandals within the church represent further evidence that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican." “People in need can call and will be able to find a priest in the same area who doesn’thave to travel too far. ” And to that end, the number of demon-busting priests on call has increased from six to 12.  

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