In November 2006, under unusual circumstances a woman fell from the second story of her home. She was left paralyzed below the waist. She had been sitting on the sill, and even now she claims it was not deliberate. She didn't jump; this was not a suicide attempt.
In 1990 there was a Gallup poll that showed that the percentage of Americans who believed the devil is real was 55%. In 2007 it had increased to 70%. It's estimated that least 50% believe in demonic possession.
The Vatican has been inundated with requests for for people claiming they are demonically possessed. In order to respond to this demand they are now training more priests than ever before as exorcists.
The fear that a person can be taken over and possessed by a demon is a widely held religious belief around the world. These religions also offer different forms of exorcisms.
When exorcists need help, they call him.
A small group of nuns and priests met the woman in the chapel of a house one June evening. Though it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room.
As the priests began to pray, the woman slipped into a trance -- and then snapped to life. She spoke in multiple voices: One was deep, guttural and masculine; another was high-pitched; a third spouted only Latin. When someone secretly sprinkled ordinary water on her, she didn't react. But when holy water was used, she screamed in pain.
On September 16, 2016 in Rome, the internationally known exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, died. From 1986 until his death, he was head of the diocese of Rome. Amorth, together with other exorcists, founded the International Exorcist Association (AIE) in 1994, whose president he had been until 2000 and has been honorary president since then.
In 1974, the Sarasota-Tribune newspaper ran a short article titled, Exorcism Daily Occurrence at Miami Jackson Hospital. Your first thought is that this was due to the notorious film, The Exorcist which was released in 1973; however according to Dr. Sukhdeo, the director of the crisis Intervention center at Miami Jackson Hospital at that time, the influx of patients as many as 900 in one month, had nothing to do with the film. He described how patients came in asking for evil spirits to be driven from their body, apparently believing that their symptoms, whether mental or physical, were demonic in their origin.
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