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Prominent exorcist Gabriele Amorth dies in Rome

Published 17/09/2016

Exorcism came under the spotlight under John Paul II's papacy
Exorcism came under the spotlight under John Paul II's papacy

The Rev Gabriele Amorth, a prominent Roman Catholic exorcist, has died at a care facility in the Italian capital after a long illness.

The Santa Lucia Foundation, a Rome rehabilitation facility, said the 91-year-old priest died in another hospital in the city where he was recently transferred after his health worsened.

Exorcism in the Catholic Church received more attention after Pope John Paul II repeatedly sought to convince sceptics the devil was very much active in the world.

During the future saint's papacy, the Vatican issued guidelines for driving out devils and stressed the power of evil.

The Rev Amorth, who served as an exorcist for the Rome diocese, published several books exploring the theme of good and evil.

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