Sometimes you’ve just got to go the extra mile to get the job the done.
Over in the Colombian seaport of Buenaventura, a Catholic priest is having to step up his game when it comes to exorcising demons.
Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya is set to perform a mass exorcism from a military helicopter during the city’s annual patron saints’ festivities.
‘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,’ he told a Colombian radio station.
Buenaventura is Colombia’s biggest seaport for the Pacific Ocean and is notorious for drug trafficking and gang warfare.
The bishop said he wanted to use the mass exorcism to ‘get rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets’.
Montoya was ordained by Pope Francis in 2017. He said there have already been 51 murders in the city so far this year.
‘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,’ he told local media.
‘Where blood flowed, where blood was shed, we are now going to pour holy water as a sign of reparation at the place where those who died were struck down by violence,’ the bishop stated.
Last year the Vatican actually introduced a training course for exorcism because there has become an increasing demand for ‘deliverance ministry.’
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