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Vatican’s chief exorcist for 30 years claimed to have ‘dealt with the devil’ 60,000 times, new book reveals
Vatican’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2016, was often asked to help people who were believed to be possessed.
Amorth, who was the official exorcist for the diocese of Rome over his sixty-plus years as a priest, performed around 60,000 exorcisms over his career before passing away in 2016. A new book titled ‘The Devil is Afraid Of Me: The Life and Work of the World’s Most Famous Exorcist’ written by Marcello Stanzione, a fellow priest who worked with Father Amorth, looks at the latter’s life as an exorcist, NY Post reports.
Meeting with the devil
The book also talks about an exorcism that took place in 1997 where Father Amorth believes he came face to face with the devil himself. One morning, a young Italian peasant was brought to his consulting room in Rome and was accompanied by a priest and another man.
The latter was the peasant’s translator. The possessed man reportedly only spoke Italian but the evil spirit in him spoke perfect English. Father Amorth began the exorcism in Latin and when he mentioned Jesus’s name, the young man started to yell curses in English.
When the exorcist started to recite the prayer Praecipio tibi (‘I command you’), the demon fell silent. “But then, screaming and howling, the demon burst forth and looked straight at him, drooling saliva from the young man’s mouth,” Stanzione shared.
“Whoever you are and all your companions who possess this servant of God … I command you: Tell me your name, the day and the hour of your damnation,” Father Amorth asked the demon to which the answer came, “I am Lucifer.”
The Terrifying And Chilling Recordings Of The Exorcism Of Anneliese Michel
In the late 1960’s a seemingly normal young woman named Anneliese Michel started to display strange behavior. That strange behavior was a result of a demonic possession. A possession that ultimately led to her death.
Her possession warranted an exorcism and that exorcism is one of the most famous ever recorded and it was Anneliese’s story that was the basis for the famous movie ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’.
The exorcism of Anneliese was recorded and there over 40 audio excerpts that are both terrifying and very real. Some of those recordings can be heard below.
Anneliese came into the world a healthy baby girl on September 21, 1952. Growing up with her parents and her three sisters, Anneliese did not have a simple life. Her family was strict Catholic, flirting with some of the more intense elements of the religion.
In 1969, Anneliese would suffer her first seizure. Doctors would tell her family that Anneliese suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy, which could cause, among a terribly long list of side-effects, changes in mood, hallucinations, and loss of awareness.
Over the next few years, Anneliese would suffer more seizures, however scans of her brain didn’t show any serious symptoms. In the early 1970’s, Anneliese would start to hear knocking in her bedroom, her sisters also heard the knocks. Anneliese would begin to hear evil voices and over time, she herself would become evil.
Doctor’s attempted to place Anneliese on anti seizure medication, but that had zero effect on Anneliese’s convulsions.
As the spring of 1976 came on, Anneliese’s seizures worsened. She began to attack family members, biting and scratching them. When she couldn’t get her hands on any of her sisters, Anneliese would beat herself.
She refused to eat, saying that the demons wouldn’t let her. She would collapse to her knees and rise back up quickly, only to repeat the motion hundreds of times each day, breaking her kneecaps in the process.
The final exorcism was done on June 30, 1976. Anneliese, too frail to perform the genuflections herself, was helped by her parents. On the tape, Anneliese speaks for the last time. She tells Renz and Alt to “beg for absolution” then turns her attention to her family. Through tears, Anneliese whispers “Mother, I’m afraid”.
On the morning of July 1, Anneliese Michel died of malnutrition and dehydration. According to the coroner’s report, she weighed just 68 pounds.
Audio clip of Anneliese Michel
Very scary audio and photos of an Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (21 September 1952 – 1 July 1976) was a German woman who underwent Catholic exorcism rites in 1975 and died the next year, in 1976. Later investigation determined that she was malnourished and dehydrated; her parents and the priests responsible were charged with negligent homicide.