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How Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Delivered 3 Men From Demonic Possession 

How Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Delivered 3 Men From Demonic Possession 

Anecdote from the book ‘Exorcist by Profession,’ the testimony of a disciple of Fr. Gabriele Amorth.

A Mexican priest who was an assistant to Roman exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth for four years says: “you never forget your first case of authentic possession”. 

The first one he saw was that of Charles, a French nobleman, who began to feel bad after a spiritual retreat in Dijon, in Burgundy (France). He would go into trances inexplicably, and nothing and nobody could free him.

In the book Exorcist by Profession (Professione esorcista in Italian), authors Fr. Cesare Truqui and Chiara Santomiero, a journalist specializing in the Vatican, explain how an exorcist establishes a dialogue with the presumed victim of the evil one. Once the case is proven to be real—excluding the possibility that it is a strictly psychiatric or medical problem—the exorcist obliges the devil to reveal himself through prayer and questions.

Such was the case of Charles—a tall man (6’3″), happily married, father of one child, whom Benedict XVI freed from the devil just with the power of prayer. The voice that came from the body of the possessed man identified itself: “I am the prince of the world.” Arrogant and haughty in the face of experienced exorcist Francesco Bamonte, it declared, “You are no match for me!” “Who, then?” the exorcist asked; “The pope or a bishop,” the infernal voice replied.

Charles was a normal, successful man, from a wealthy family and noble heritage. The morning of the spiritual retreat, he assaulted with unusual strength someone who was on the retreat with him who had approached him, concerned by his reaction to the prayer. He went through endless appointments with psychiatrists, specialists, and priests. No one could explain his situation, and it was driving him and his family crazy.

Fr. Bamonte felt that he was losing the spiritual battle with Satan on the battleground of Charles’ suffering body, so he consulted Fr. Gabriel Amorth, who encouraged him not to let himself be fooled or frightened. Yet, Satan insisted that only the pope could force him out of Charles’ body.

Charles’ situation got worse. Consequently, they counseled him to write directly to Pope Benedict XVI. The letter made it to the pope by means of a trusted priest, through the Secretariat of State. The answer arrived a week later, signed by the secretary of Pope Ratzinger, promising that the pope would pray for the possessed man.

Benedict XVI offered Masses for the intention of the man’s liberation. Truqui tells that three months later he received a call from Fr. Bamonte: “Father, you’re not going to believe me, but I think that Charles has been liberated!” During the last exorcism, Charles gave a shout of freedom and got up, happy.

The only explanation, according to Truqui, is the powerful prayer of the pope, which forced Satan to his knees. It turns out that Charles’ parents, unknown to him, had made a diabolic pact and offered him, as a child, as tribute in exchange for power and money, together with his twin brother, who was stillborn.

Truqui, who today is a professor during the annual course on exorcism and prayer of liberation organized by the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome (taking place for the 13th time this April 16-21), recounts that he was not frightened by that first contact with a possession; rather, it was enlightening for him to be able to recognize the reality of the spiritual evil described in the Gospel.

A similar episode, also involving Pope Benedict XVI, took place in May 2009, and was described by Fr. Gabriel Amorth himself in the book The Last Exorcist (L’Ultimo exorcista in Italian).

On this occasion, the German pope, who turned 91 on April 16, helped cure two possessed young men, Marco and Giovanni, who were taken to St. Peter’s Square because they seemed not to improve despite the prayers and rite of exorcism. During the general audience that Wednesday, when the popemobile drew near them, they began to have convulsions and to have a strange look in their eyes.

Earlier, one of Fr. Amorth’s two assistants who were accompanying the young men had asked Giovanni how he was. “I’m not Giovanni,” growled a gravelly voice. The assistant didn’t respond, knowing “that only an exorcist can talk with the devil,” Amorth says in the book.

The Pope got out of the jeep and greeted the crowd. The possessed young men shook and drooled. One of the women who were helping shouted, “Your Holiness, Your Holiness, we’re here!” The Pope turned toward them, observing from a distance; unperturbed, he raised his arm and blessed them. The two possessed men felt a violent shake, and were thrown back three yards, Amorth recounts. The young men began to cry. As the popemobile drove away, both came back to themselves.

In the book he wrote with Santomiero, Truqui explains that the devil is afraid of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary—especially of the mother of Christ—but that Lucifer especially battles on earth against the one true Church founded by Christ.

Bishops are the only ones who can send priests as exorcists to carry out this special ministry. However, for a long time, this practice of liberation has been scorned by science and even by some churches that consider belief in possession to be both superstitious and anachronistic. This has led to a lack of prepared priests in some dioceses of northern Europe and other parts of the world.

According to experts in the field, in order to avoid giving publicity to false cases of possession that seem to support the assertion that possession is really just mental or physical illness, we must remember that true demonic possession rarely happens. Sante Babolin, another recognized exorcist, notes that in the thousands of cases that have been addressed in the Diocese of Padua, Italy, only a few—very few—are authentic possessions. Consequently, this is a problem that must be handled with prudence, expertise, and discretion.

Communion In The Hand Is Very Good For Us In Hell…It Is By No Means Dear To God – The Devil

Communion In The Hand Is Very Good For Us In Hell…It Is By No Means Dear To God – The Devil

Father Gabriele Amorth was the official exorcist of the Holy See for decades, until his death in September of 2016. Fr. Amorth said in the year 2013 that he would have held some 160,000 exorcisms.

And some of his exorcisms became known through the book “Confessions of Hell to the exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth”.

And we want to share a conversation during an exorcism in 1975 that talks about communion in the hand.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth – Tell only the truth in the Name of the Precious Blood, of the Holy Cross, of the Immaculate Conception …

Demon (A) – We worked for a long time, down there (points down) until we got Communion in hand to be put into practice. Communion in the hand is very good for us in hell; Believe!

Fr. GA – We command you in the Name (…) to say only what Heaven commands you! It says only the truth, the whole truth. You have no right to lie. Get out of this body! Go!

Demon – ELA (Virgin Mary) (points up) wants me to say …

Fr. GA – Tell the truth, in the Name (…).

Demon – SHE wants me to say … that if SHE, the great LADY, still lived, would receive Communion in her mouth, and on her knees, and would bow down deeply (show how the Blessed Virgin would proceed).

Fr. GA – In the Name of the Blessed Virgin … tell the truth!

Demon – I have to say that you should not receive Communion in your hand. The Pope himself gives Communion in the mouth. It is not his will to give Communion in his hand. This comes from your Cardinals.

Fr. GA- In Name (…) tell the truth!

Demon – From them passed to the Bishops, and then the Bishops thought that it was a matter of obedience, that they had to obey the Cardinals. Hence, the idea passed to the Priests and also they thought that they had to submit because the obedience is written in capital letters.

Fr. GA – Tell the truth. You do not have the right to lie in Name (…).

Demon – One is not obliged to obey the bad ones. It is to the Pope, to JESUS CHRIST, and to the Blessed Virgin that we must obey. Communion in the hand is by no means dear to God.



“Confessions of Hell to the exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth”.

The Power Of Satan (4)

The Power Of Satan (4)


Some people marvel at the ability of demons to tempt man and even to own the body (but they can never take the soul unless man freely gives it to them) through possession and oppression. We should remember what is written in Revelation (12:7, etc.): “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him…. And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman”, who was “dressed like the sun”, from whom Jesus was born (it is very clear that we are also talking about the Most Holy Virgin Mary). When the dragon realized that his efforts had failed, “he went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

During a May 24, 1987, visit to the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel, John Paul II said, “The battle against the devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the archangel, is still being fought today, because the devil is still alive and active in the world. The evil that surrounds us today, the disorders that plague our society, man’s inconsistency and brokenness, are not only the results of original sin, but also the result of Satan’s pervasive and dark action.”

The last sentence is a clear reference to God’s condemnation of the serpent, in Genesis (3:15): “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Is Satan already in hell? When did the battle between angels and devils take place? We cannot answer these questions unless we keep in mind that hell is more a state of mind than a place. Place and time are different concepts for spirits.

Revelation tells us that demons were hurled down to earth; therefore their final damnation has yet to happen, even if it is irrevocable. This means that they still have the power that God had given them, even if only “for a brief time”. That is why they ask Jesus, “Have you come here to torment us before the time?” (Mt 8:29). Christ is the only judge; he will gather to himself his Mystical Body.

This, then, is how we should interpret Paul’s statement to the Corinthians, “since we are to judge angels” (I Cor 6:3). When the “legion” of demons who possessed the man from Gerasa pleaded with Christ “not to command them to depart into the abyss” (Lk 8:31-32), they were seeking to hold on to their power. To a demon, leaving the body of a person and sinking into hell is an irrevocable death sentence; that is why the demon fights it to the last. However, his eternal pain will increase proportionately to the suffering he caused on earth. It is Saint Peter who tells us that the demons have not yet been definitively sentenced:

“When angels sinned, God did not spare them; he sent them down to the underworld and consigned them to the dark underground caves to be held there till the day of judgment” (2 Pet 2:4). The glory of the angels, too, will be increased according to their good deeds; therefore, it is very useful to invoke their help…To be continued.

Excerpts taken from the book An Exorcist tells his story By Fr. Gabriele Amorth.

The Centrality Of Christ (2)

The Centrality Of Christ (2)


We must also mention the influence that Christ has on angels and demons. Concerning angels, some theologians believe that the angels were admitted to the beatifc vision of God by virtue of the mystery of the Cross. Many fathers also make interesting statements. For instance, Saint Athanasius writes that the angels owe their salvation to the blood of Christ. The Gospels give us many statements concerning demons, and the clearly state that Christ defeated the reign of Satan with His Cross and established the reign of God. The demons who possessed the Gerasene man exclaimed, “What is there between us, Son of God? Have you come to torment us before our time?” (Mt 8:29). This is an obvious reference to the fact that the power of Satan is gradually broken by Christ. Satan’s power, therefore, still exists and will continue to exist until our salvation is completed, “because the accuser of our brethren will be cast out” (Rev. 12:10). Additional information on the role of Mary, enemy of Satan since the original announcement of salvation, can be found in the beautiful book by Father Candido Amantini, II mistero di Maria (Naples: Dehoniane, 1971).

If we see everything in the light of the centrality of Christ, we can see God’s plan, who created everything “for him and in expectation of him”. And we can see the actions of Satan, the enemy, the tempter, the accuser. By means of his temptation, evil, pain, sin and death entered the world. It is in this context that we are able to see the restoration of God’s plan, which Christ accomplished at the cost of his blood.

In this context, we are made aware of the power of the devil. Jesus calls him “the prince of this world” (Jn 12:31, 14:30, 16:11). John affirms that “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 Jn 5:19); by “the world” John means everything that is opposed to God. Satan was the brightest of angels; he became the most evil of the devils and their chief. The demons remain bound to the same strict hierarchy that was given when they were angels: principalities, thrones, dominions, and so on (Col 1:16). However, while the angels, whose chief is Michael, are bound by a hierarchy of love, the demons live under a rule of slavery.

…to be continued.

Excerpts taken from the book, An Exorcist tells his story by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Pages 19 – 23.

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