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Priests conduct nine-hour exorcism in Italy

By T.K. Randall
December 17, 2021 · Comment icon 35 comments

Exorcisms are still conducted in some parts of the world. Image Credit: Public Domain
The Italian media is reporting on a particularly lengthy exorcism that required the attention of four priests.
While you might be forgiven for thinking that the exorcism is a concept relegated to the annals of history, these controversial rituals can and do still happen, even in developed nations where belief in demonic possession and the power of exorcists to remove them is still a very real thing indeed.

Earlier this month, the Italian media reported on the case of a young woman who had begun to exhibit violent and 'blasphemous' behavior that her mother had put down to 'demonic influence'.

She was taken to the Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico in Northern Italy where she remained for some nine hours and was subjected to an arduous exorcism ritual involving four priests.

"It was frightening, horrible, also because it alternated three different voices," a witness stated.
Soon enough, reports of screams from within the church prompted calls to the police, resulting in the arrival of two patrols and an ambulance crew, however they all chose to remain outside.

According to reports, the girl fell asleep at around 8:30 in the evening, which the priests interpreted as a sign that the demonic influence had finally been exorcised from her.

She was then bundled into a car so that she could be taken home.

The biggest problem with cases like this is the fact that it is quite possible - as the girl's father believed - that she was suffering from mental illness and was not 'possessed' as her mother had claimed.

If so, undergoing a ritual like this is not likely to have helped her one bit.

Source: Il Giornale di Vicenza | Comments (35)

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Comment icon #26 Posted by Helen of Annoy 3 years ago
I don't doubt in the slightest that it will be reviewed. A lot.  Vatican doesn't encourage superstitious behaviour. I know, I know, any religion is just superstition for so-called skeptics, but there's big and visible difference between official religious practices and throwing spectacles.   Seeing too many demons around is superstition by Church's criteria and I happen to agree with that. Not that there are no demons literally driving people like vehicles, in my own opinion, but they do it in much less spectacular way.  
Comment icon #27 Posted by jmccr8 3 years ago
Hi OverSeord I would tend to agree that they did for the sake of any liability and for study but not likely that they would share it unless it was due to a court order if charges were ever brought forward 
Comment icon #28 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
Yes, what he ^^^ said. Sounds right.
Comment icon #29 Posted by papageorge1 2 years ago
I believe exorcisms can indeed be helpful under knowledgeable agencies like the Catholic Church. This article tells us next to nothing and I would have liked to hear the involved clergies take on the case.
Comment icon #30 Posted by HSlim 2 years ago
Yeah, I'm with the girl's father on this one. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
After this I suspect the abuse has been by her mother.
Comment icon #32 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
Comment icon #33 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
snip.  Didn't realize this was such an old thread and I had already commented.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
there are a lot of disreputable new age people who sell themselves as exorcists, sometimes with no training.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Helen of Annoy 2 years ago
Time flies  I've limited my exorcism services to Ukraine thread only  

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