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    Rome’s exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    By David Kerr

    Fr. Gabriele Amorth poses next to a statue of the Virgin Mary in his office.

    Rome, Italy, May 17, 2011 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The chief exorcist of Rome is seeing a rising number of young people coming under the influence of evil, but he has found in recent years that Blessed John Paul II is a powerful intercessor in the battle for souls.

    A small, unassuming office in south-west Rome seems a rather ordinary setting in which to play out a grand battle between good and evil. It is here, though, that Father Gabriele Amorth has carried out most of his 70,000 exorcisms over the past 26 years.

    “The world must know that Satan exists,” he told CNA recently. “The devil and demons are many and they have two powers, the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

    The 86-year-old Italian priest of the Society of St. Paul and official exorcist for the Diocese of Rome explained the difference.

    “The so-called ordinary power is that of tempting man to distance himself from God and take him to Hell. This action is exercised against all men and women of all places and religions.”

    As for the extraordinary powers used by Satan, Fr. Amorth explained it as how the Devil acts when he focuses his attention more specifically on a person. He categorized the expression of that attention into four types: diabolical possession; diabolical vexation like in the case of Padre Pio, who was beaten by the Devil; obsessions which are able to lead a person to desperation and infestation, and when the Devil occupies a space, an animal or even an object.”

    Fr. Amorth says such extraordinary occurrences are rare but on the rise. He's particularly worried by the number of young people being affected by Satan through sects, séances and drugs. He never despairs though.

    “With Jesus Christ and Mary, God has promised us that he will never allow temptations greater than our strengths.”

    Hence he gives a very matter-of-fact guide that everybody can use in the fight against Satan.

    “The temptations of the Devil are defeated first of all by avoiding occasions (of temptation), because the Devil always seeks out our weakest points. And, then, with prayer. We Christians have an advantage because we have the Word of Jesus, we have the sacraments, prayer to God.”

    Not surprisingly, ‘Jesus Christ’ is the name Fr. Amorth most often calls upon to expel demons. But he also turns to saintly men and women for their heavenly assistance. Interestingly, he said that in recent years one man – Blessed Pope John Paul II – has proved to be a particularly powerful intercessor.

    “I have asked the demon more than once, ‘Why are you so scared of John Paul II and I have had two different responses, both interesting. One, ‘because he disrupted my plans.’ And, I think that he is referring to the fall of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. The collapse of communism.”

    “Another response that he gave me, ‘because he pulled so many young people from my hands.’ There are so many young people who, thanks to John Paul II, were converted. Perhaps some were already Christian but not practicing, but then with John Paul II they came back to the practice. ‘He pulled so many young people out of my hands.’”

    And the most powerful intercessor of all?

    “Of course, the Madonna is even more effective. Ah, when you invoke Mary!”

    “And, once I also asked Satan, ‘but why are you more scared when I invoke Our Lady than when I invoke Jesus Christ?’ He answered me, ‘Because I am more humiliated to be defeated by a human creature than being defeated by him.”

    The intercession of the living is also important, though, says Fr. Amorth. He reminds people that exorcism is a prayer and, as such, Christians can pray to liberate a soul or place from the Devil. However, three things are needed.

    “The Lord gave them (the Apostles) an answer that also for us exorcists is very important. He said that overcoming this type of demon, you need much faith, much prayer and much fasting. Faith, prayer and fasting.”

    “Especially faith, you need so much faith. Many times also in the healings, Jesus does not say in the Gospel it is me who has healed you. He says, you are healed thanks to your faith. He wants faith in the people, a strong and absolute faith. Without faith you can do nothing.”

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    Romes exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    « Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 11:05:30 PM »
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  • In contrast, see Sept. 11, 2000...

    http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2000/09/Pope-Performs-Exorcism-Over-Teenage-Italian-Girl.aspx

    Pope Performs Exorcism Over Teenage Italian Girl
    Girl flew into a "possessed rage" during an audience in St. Peter's Square

    BY: John Norton, Catholic News Service

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    VATICAN CITY, Sept. 11 (CNS)--Pope John Paul II performed an impromptu exorcism on a teenage girl who flew into a possessed rage at the end of an audience in St. Peter's Square, said the chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

    The Rome exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, told Catholic News Service September 11 that the pope spent more than half an hour praying over the girl and ordering a demon to leave her, but failed to fully cure her.

    The girl, identified as a 19-year-old Italian with a history of possession, was in the front row at the pope's weekly general audience September 6. As the pope prepared to leave, she began screaming incomprehensibly and speaking in a "cavernous voice," Father Amorth said.

    As security personnel struggled to restrain her "superhuman" efforts to break free, Bishop Gianni Danzi, a top Vatican City official, alerted the pope.

    In an area away from the square, the pope "hugged this poor little girl, tried to console her, and promised that the next day, Thursday morning, he would celebrate his Mass for her," Father Amorth said.

    Father Amorth was not present at the papal exorcism, but said he had performed an exorcism on the girl the previous day. Father Amorth said that after the girl met with the pope, Bishop Danzi and he performed another exorcism that lasted for two hours.

    During that exorcism, the priest said, the demon mocked the pope, saying, "Not even your [church] head can send me away."

    "This is a case where the possession is very, very strong," said Father Amorth, founder and president of the International Association of Exorcists.

    "From what can be foreseen by us exorcists, it will take years of exorcisms" for the girl to be fully cured, he said.

    The pope did not perform a full ritual exorcism, but Father Amorth said that ritual elements make only "the slightest difference" to an exorcism's effectiveness.

    "Many, many exorcists don't do the ritual exorcism but limit themselves to praying and to ordering the demon to go," he said.

    Father Amorth said the girl has been possessed since she was 12 years old and was sent to him for consultation by the exorcist of the Archdiocese of Milan, who had never dealt with such a severe case.

    Bishop Danzi was unavailable September 11 to comment, his secretary told CNS.

    The Vatican's press office also declined comment.

    Pope John Paul reportedly has carried out at least two other exorcisms in the Vatican: one in 1978 and one in 1982.

    In the 1982 case, according to the late Cardinal Jacques Martin, who was head of the papal household at that time, the demon left an Italian woman, identified as Francesca F., as soon as the pope promised to celebrate Mass for her.


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    Romes exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    « Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 09:43:55 AM »
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  • I highly doubt JPII is good for warding off satan. More-so for warding off Catholics who end up leaving the Church because they're told all religions are on the same level.

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    Romes exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    « Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011, 10:56:11 AM »
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  • I note for the record two prominent Neo-Cath apologists, Jimmy Akin and Mark Shea, publicly doubted the credibility of Fr. Amorth in 2010. Keep a close look out to see if they've suddenly changed their tune regarding Fr. Amorth with his latest revelations of JPII being an effective intercessor against demons...

    Akin

    http://jimmyakin.typepad.com/defensor_fidei/2006/08/hes_baaaaaaaack.html

    Shea

    http://markshea.blogspot.com/2010/06/black-cats.html

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    Romes exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    « Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011, 12:33:41 PM »
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  • Perhaps the Pope was in ecumenical dialogue with the demon?    May have become aquainted at one of the Animist encounters in Africa.


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    Romes exorcist finding Bl. John Paul II effective against Satan
    « Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 06:03:06 PM »
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  • Or, perhaps even Satan does not want to deal with him.   :wink:
    Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spir

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    « Reply #6 on: May 19, 2011, 07:33:44 PM »
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  • What?!?! Rome does exorcisms?!?!?!  :laugh1:

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    « Reply #7 on: May 22, 2011, 07:28:40 PM »
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  • The devil is a LIAR. Period. Fr. Amorth should know that already. If he's saying that one who prayed side by side with satanists and animists, and other PAGAN SATANISTS can be "effective" against the devil, I would actually laugh at that.

    The devil is THE FATHER OF LIES, and anything to further his cause in taking souls, he will do. People idolize JPII. The WORLD does. Pretty sure Fr. Amorth is being tricked here.
    Matthew 5:37

    But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

    My Avatar is Fr. Hector Bolduc. He was a faithful parish priest in De Pere, WI,


     

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