Exorcism shock: Bishop vows to rid city of ‘devil’ by spraying holy water from helicopter

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The Independent reports that Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya plans to carry out the mass exorcism this weekend in Buenaventura. The city will be celebrating a host of annual patron saints’ festivities when he is expected to get in the chopper. Speaking on Colombian radio, the Catholic bishop said demons had impacted the city’s port and that was the reason behind the bizarre move.

He added: “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura, from the air and pour holy water onto it to see if we exorcise all those demons that are destroying our port.”

Mr Montoya also suggested that he wanted to “get rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets”.

He was ordained by Pope Francis in 2017.

He explained: “In Buenaventura, we have to get rid of the devil to see if we can return the tranquillity that the city has lost with so many crimes, acts of corruption and so much evil and drug trafficking.

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“It will be a great public demonstration for the entire community, where we will pour holy water to see if so many bad things end and the devil goes out of here.”

Buenaventura is a city known for its major issues with crime.

It is riddled by violence, drug smuggling and poverty.

Mr Montoya said the decision was made after a young girl was tortured and murdered in the city.

Colombia’s army is reported to have been supporting Mr Montoya’s endeavour.

Reports claim that the Vatican held exorcism training for priests.

That came amid allegations that demands for exorcisms in the world increased.

Local media reported that so far this year, there had been 51 murders.

The figure is up 20 on the same period last year.

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