Topic / Exorcism

‘Devil boy’ allegedly starved and beaten by RCMP officer

A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted police, currently suspended without pay, told a court this week that he enlisted his brother – a priest – to perform an exorcism on his ‘possessed’ 11-year-old son. The boy’s dad and stepmother, both free on bail, are each charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, and failure to […]

‘Devout Christians’ jailed for murder of ‘possessed’ teen

Four South African women – described by a judge as ‘instruments of evil’ – have been jailed for the fatal exorcism of Sinethemba Dlamini, 14, above. The Durban women, according to this report, believed that Dlamini was possessed by a demon and decided to disembowel her via her private parts to take out the demon […]

Angry Christians attack atheists

A group of atheists in Bogotá, Colombia, last week decided that they had had enough of religious rallies being staged in a local park without proper authorisation. So, “in defence of public space”, members of the Asociación de Ateos de Bogotá unfurled a banner that stated “Ninguna iglesia por encima de las leyes” (“No church […]

‘Stealth’ exorcisms needed in the US

If you plan on exorcising an entire country – something that happened recently in Mexico – don’t go shouting about it before you start attacking demons with crucifixes, holy water and mumbo-jumbo invocations. Why? Because there is usually backlash in the form of scepticism and ridicule, according to Father Gary Thomas, pastor at Sacred Heart […]

Demons attacked in covert operation

A few weeks have elapsed since Mexico became the first country in the world to be subjected to a covert mass exorcism – but we are still awaiting proof that its demons have fled to pastures new. The Great Exorcism (exorcismo magno) took place in May, and was presided over by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, […]

GP told patient ‘God is your surgeon’

Irish-trained doctor Thomas O’Brien, above, allegedly performed an exorcism on a seriously ill patient after claiming he’d ‘heal’ her without medication, a medical tribunal in the UK has heard. Brien, 56, persuaded the mother of one to undergo a “spiritual procedure” at his local Pentecostal church after telling her: God is your surgeon. According to […]

Zimbabwe: Disaster strikes religious rally

Earlier this month it was reported that over 3,000 foreign visitors had arrived in Zimbabwe for a night of prayer organised by the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) headed by a flamboyant charlatan called Walter Magaya, above. Today we learn that 11 people who attended the conman’s latest healing and deliverance service in the […]

Meet Abu & Junaid: Oz’s ‘Jinn-Busters’

Jinns, demons, devils and other ne’er-do-well spirits are on the hit-list of barmy Islamic exorcist Abu Hamza and his zitty sidekick Junaid Thorne. It’s not known when precisely these two clowns will swing into action to “spiritually cleanse” Australia, but in a video posted last week Hamza promised it would be soon,  and warned followers […]

Pope praises a dizzy of demon hunters

An International Association of Exorcists conference, being held in Rome this week, has earned praise from Pope Francis. The first gathering of its kind brings together a cackle of 300 clerics from 30 countries, all hell-bent on ridding the world of demons. The Pope is reportedly delighted with their efforts to combat “the Devil’s works”, and […]

Witchcraft ‘expert’ sues her critics

Nigerian evangelical preacher and ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio is demanding half a billion pounds in damages. The dangerous charlatan is suing the British Humanist Association and the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network, alleging that both organisations had “misrepresented” her teachings. According to the BHA, the  “Lady Apostle”, as she is known, claims to have […]