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Confirmed: Man Pope Francis prayed over possessed by demons

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From Catholic News Agency:

A 43-year-old Mexican man whom Pope Francis prayed over in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday said that he had suffered from demonic possession for more than a decade.

Father Gabriele Amorth, the famous exorcist of the Diocese of Rome, told CNA on May 22 that Angel had received a “prayer of deliverance” from the Pope, who laid hands on him and prayed after Mass on May 19.

In an interview published by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the man, identified as Angel, recalled that his problems began one day in 1999 as he returned from Mexico City to his hometown in Michoacan by bus.

“I felt an energy enter the bus. I did not see it with my eyes but I felt it,” he said. “I noticed that it approached me and stood in front of me. And suddenly, I felt like a knife stabbed me in the chest and then, little by little, I had the sensation that it was opening my ribs.”

Initially, Angel thought it was a heart attack, but he did not die. However his health worsened, because he vomited everything he ate.

“I felt punctures all over my body, as if it were full of needles,” he said. “Even the sheets hurt me. I started losing the ability to walk.”

Soon, he said that he began falling into trances, uttering blasphemies and speaking in unknown languages, with doctors who attended him unable to explain what was wrong.

Angel’s health became so poor that he received last rites on four different occasions. The anointing brought an improvement to his health, so he started praying with a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy.

In 2004, he attended a lecture in the Mexican city of Morelia by a Ukrainian priest who explained his case.

“I told him what was happening to me, how bad I felt. He touched a relic of Padre Pio to my chest and I saw a special light that surrounded me,” he recalled.

“I felt a great peace. But at the same time, I noticed something that began to scratch inside me. That something knocked me down and started to manifest itself. I couldn’t do anything, that presence was stronger than me and it overpowered me.”

That day, Angel said, it was clear that he was possessed, and this knowledge made him feel fearful and “very dirty.”

“My family reacted at first with disbelief and, in fact, between my siblings there are some who are still skeptics and who believe that what I have is the result of a psychological imbalance,” he stated.

Initially, a priest in Mexico City performed four or five exorcisms on Angel. During one of them, the priest “asked the demon how he had entered into me and it said it was because of a curse that someone put on me.”

Angel’s health continued to deteriorate despite several exorcisms. He became unable to work and had to close his advertising company. He was forced to sell his house in order to support his wife and two children.

However, he recently had a dream in which he saw Pope Francis “dressed in red and praying with an incense burner in his hand and surrounded by bishops and cardinals.”

He said that he initially didn’t give it much thought, but when he woke up, he turned on the television and saw “a Mass with the Pope dressed in red and with incense burning in his hand, surrounded by bishops and cardinals.”

“And a thought came to my mind: Do I have to go to Rome?” he said.
Although Angel was hesitant to travel because he was so sick, he eventually decided to make the trip to Rome with a priest that he knew.

He had been reading the book “The Last Exorcist,” by Fr. Amorth, “which states that both Benedict XVI and John Paul II had performed exorcisms and prayers of delivery over the possessed.”

Fr. Amorth witnessed the Pope’s prayer over Angel and said the next day, “there is no doubt that he is possessed.”

17 comments:

Gabriel Sandoval said...

Let's all pray for him!!!

Angelo said...

Pope Bl. John Paul ll and Pope Benedict XVl knew that demon possession was on the rise. Pope Benedict XVl called on each Diocese to have a team of Excorcists. This Papal order has been ignored. Pope Francis, I hope will give this same order in a more concrete manner. Sad to say but many Bishops of the Church are useless.

Nama said...

So how is he now? Was the demon cast out?

Common Sense said...

Publishing such a junk ist't worth the paper written on. What am I supposed to make of it? I can smell rat here. Am I perhaps be overflowing with awe and resume solemn posture? Credulous and uncritical thinking isn't a catholic virtue, what do you recken?

JB said...



I've read most of the relevant Catholic literature on exorcism, including Malachi Martin's brilliant Hostage to the Devil. I have a very hard time reconciling the apparent involuntary invasion of this man's soul on a bus, with Martin's insistence that demons only can take a person over with their knowledge and consent.

Garrett said...

No, apparently the demons were not cast out. Further research indicates Fr. Amorth has said that this man will not be freed from demonic possession until the 2007 Mexico City abortion laws are repealed, which leads immediately to two interesting questions:

1) How does Fr Amorth, or anyone else, know that the demonic possession in question is related to the Mexico City abortion laws?, and

2) Is there no way to exorcise a demon if he really doesn't want to leave? I've never heard of that. Seems everyone under the sun has exorcised this guy, to no avail. Which, if I were him, I would find highly distressing, to say the least.

Adfero said...

Garrett, the question you should be asking is, have any of the exorcists be permitted to use the traditional rite of exorcism?

If it's the new rite, which even priests who don't say the TLM know is completely watered down, then this guy could be suffering a while.

Anil Wang said...

JB said..."I have a very hard time reconciling the apparent involuntary invasion of this man's soul on a bus, with Martin's insistence that demons only can take a person over with their knowledge and consent."

I don't see a contradiction. Keep in mind that details are likely missing. When Satan first invaded Judas in John 6, there was no indication before hand that he was asking for it. However, his hypocrisy of staying with Jesus rather than abandoning Jesus like the other Protestant disciples of Jesus, sewed seeds that were eagerly watered by Satan.

So what was he thinking about or doing before or on the bus? Remember we are talking about Latin America where people actually believe in the demonic realm and a rare few will resort to it "when God is unresponsive to a prayer".

Garrett said..."How does Fr Amorth, or anyone else, know that the demonic possession in question is related to the Mexico City abortion laws?"

If it's not speculation and not a hoax then it may well be related to what he was thinking or praying about on the bus. Some prayers, though well intentioned are dangerous.

Garrett said..."Is there no way to exorcise a demon if he really doesn't want to leave? I've never heard of that."

I don't know much about exorcism, but according to Luke 11:24-26, the demon might very well have been exorcised but there is more to spiritual warfare than kicking out demons....you have to keep him out. Unfortunately Catholics today are not taught about spiritual warfare, so it is no surprise if demons keep coming back after every exorcism.

Sancte Alphonsus said...

JB said...

I've read most of the relevant Catholic literature on exorcism, including Malachi Martin's brilliant Hostage to the Devil. I have a very hard time reconciling the apparent involuntary invasion of this man's soul on a bus, with Martin's insistence that demons only can take a person over with their knowledge and consent.


Most of the stuff I've read or heard talks on by traditional Catholic exorcists allow for the opposite but more infrequently. It's rare for a Catholic in the state of grace who frequents the sacraments to become possessed but God has allowed it - sometimes in expiation for certain sins. One Priest relates the story of a nun who God permitted to be possessed in expiation for some national sin. She was a victim soul. The issue of curses is another one that is laughed at by the natural man but is very real and the recipients, while probably not innocent themselves, can be innocent which is why most Priests will tell you the best defense is remaining in the state of grace and frequent the sacraments and most of us will never have to worry about any of this. But then there is the very small few who God will permit it for whatever reason.

Adfero said...

Anil is correct.

Many exorcists have said that one doesn't have to welcome a demon, but watching bad movies, especially porn, listening to bad music, etc, opens the door to oppression and possession.

I would also say that getting too close to the Devil could as well.

Let's face it: Fr. Amorth is a top exorcist, and while he used to properly rail against Harry Potter, he now backs Medjugorje.

Something has clearly happened to him.

Unknown said...

@ Anil Wang: It doesn't have to do with the way this poor man was thnking about or praying on a bus. This alleged "possession" happened in 1999, while the abortion legislation was adopted in 2007 and enforced in 2008.

The whoke hoax with the four (!) demons who apparently are so pro-life (lol) was concocted by Juan Rivas, the Legionary of Christ priest who brought this patient to Rome. Check his old interviews on Youtube. He thinks that Mexican bishops didn't do enough to prevent the liberalization of abortion, so he made up this story to attract attention towards himself and to seek publicity for a conference on exorcism in LA these days, where he is invited to speak via Skype.

Dan Hunter said...

Even Catholics in a state of Grace can be possessed by the demon if God permits it, to bring a greater good,.

Look at Annaliese Michel


It is well documented also that a curse can be placed on an innocent person and this can be a conduit for possession.

backtothefuture said...

Demonic activity has to be at an all time high today. Women having abortions left and right, the occult being everywhere, more and more involved in the new age. These things all invite evil into our lives. And it's even cultural, being Italian I can attest to this. Italian's and the Spanish are notorious for superstition. Go into any Italian's house in Italy, you'll find a picture of padre Pio right next to some horns to get rid of the evil eye. Keep away from charms. All these things just open yourself up to evil. Get yourselves and wear an exorcised benedictine crucifix, and always keep yourself in the state of grace.

Bwangi Kilonzo said...

Call me a coward all you want, but I am so Afraid of this stuff, I would rather remain close to Christ.

backtothefuture said...

@Bwangi, don't be afraid, fear comes from the evil one. Like I said, wear your exorcised benedictine crucifix, have plenty of exorcised water, salt and oil around the house. We don't fight evil with our won strenght, but through the power of Christ, and the intercession of the glorious blessed virgin and the angels and saints. Be not afraid, but always be humble.

JB36 said...

Ven. Maria Bolognesi, who's Beatification has been approved by Pope Francis, was, for a time possessed, and had to undergo a series of exorcisms.

Angelo said...

Fr. Amorth a chief exorcist is not exempt from the tricks of satan. He now backs Medjugorje? Fr. Amorth is a great exorcist but the devil can even deceive him. Let us pray for him as the Church needs men of his kind. What I find interesting about Angel, is that he had a dream of Pope Francis dressed in red with an incense burner. I remember photos of that day. The red cope was more in line with tradition. Perhaps it was a sign from God to the Pope that He, God the Creator desires to be glorified with the rich liturgical vestments. These vestments are not meant to glorify the one who wears them but rather to glorify the God whom we worship.