A senior Roman Catholic exorcist has said the ritual of ridding people of demonic possession is sometimes too scary for young priests, and remarked that the atrocities carried out by the Islamic State terror group serve as proof that the devil is real.
Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, a 79-year-old priest from Rome who has been performing exorcisms for the past 27 years, told BBC News that he knows there are those who do not believe in evil spirits, but one only needs to look at the state of the world today to become a believer.
"Well, someone who isn't a believer doesn't believe in the devil either," Taraborelli said. "But someone who believes knows that the devil exists, you can read it in the Gospel. Then you only need to see how the world is nowadays. It has never been this bad. These violent acts are not human. So terrible, like IS." more >>
A 39-year-old Ghanaian immigrant has been arrested by Italian police following a rampage on four churches in Rome this past weekend, where he demolished several Christian icons, and even tried to destroy a crucifix, before he was stopped by a priest.
Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack, Breitbart News reported, which began Friday evening at the Church of San Martino ai Monti, where the man broke a statue.
The suspect then went to the ancient Basilica of Santa Prassede, where he demolished several more statues of saints, purposefully smashing them to the ground and stamping on them. more >>
Hollywood movie star and director Mel Gibson says that he hates the act of war but has an appreciation for the sacrifices made by "warriors."
The 60-year-old Gibson recently made a trip to the Venice Film Festival to promote his upcoming film "Hacksaw Ridge," which will hit theaters on Nov. 4 and is based on a true story about the heroics of U.S. Army soldier Desmond Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon during World War II.
As Doss was ridiculed by his fellow soldiers for not carrying a weapon but was ultimately the one who ended up saving the lives of as many as 75 of his comrades during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, Gibson was asked during an interview with France 24's Louise Dupont whether or not "Hacksaw Ridge" was made to be an "anti-war movie." more >>
Father Gabriele Amorth, the Catholic Church's top exorcist who claimed to have sent 160,000 demons back to hell, has died in a Rome hospital at the age of 91.
Pauline Father Amorth, who was appointed the exorcist for the diocese of Rome in 1985, has died after suffering from a pulmonary illness, according to National Catholic Register, which reported that he was admitted to the hospital a few weeks ago.
Amorth, who headed the International Association of Exorcists, said in 2013 he would ask Pope Francis to allow all priests the right to do exorcisms without the church's approval. He explained that he was inspired to make the request after watching the pope perform what he insisted was an exorcism on a man "possessed by four demons" in St. Peter's Square. more >>
Masturbating in public, if it's out of the sight of minors, is not an illegal act, the Supreme Court of Italy has ruled in a case concerning a 69-year-old man who was caught masturbating on a bench in front of a group of college students.
A lower court had convicted the man, identified only as Pietro L, for performing the act in front of students on the University of Catania campus in southern Italy, sentencing him to three months in prison and ordering him to pay a fine of $3,600, according to documents filed with Supreme Court, CNN reports.
The highest court, La Corte di Cassazione, said in its ruling last week, that public masturbation out of the presence of minors is no longer a criminal act as the law had been amended last year. more >>
UPDATE: 1:20 AM ET, AUG 25: The number of people killed in the earthquake that devastated parts of central Italy on Wednesday rose to 247 on Thursday morning, regional and national officials said.
UPDATE: 9:11 PM ET, AUG. 24: Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people. more >>