© APArgentine Pope Francis was credited with performing an exorcism when he laid hands on this Mexican man at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican — the man convulsed and then slumped in his wheelchair.
Exorcism rituals on the rise as way to battle evil of Mexican cartels In the heavily Roman Catholic country of Mexico, exorcisms battle the evil violence of drug cartels, priests say. Also blamed for syndicate savagery is the rising popularity of Santa Muerte, folk saint of narcotics kingpins and some two million Mexican followers.
A relative grieves in Mexico City after learning of a mass grave holding five youths believed to have been murdered by a drug cartel controlling a section of the nation's capital. Since 2006, as many as 80,000 people killed by warring drug gangs.
It was the most awful confession Father Ernesto Caro ever heard in 22 long years of serving the church.
The sinner was a killer for the Los Zetas cartel, Mexico's most heinous crime syndicate. His specialty was chopping people into pieces, while they were still alive.
"He said he smiled while he was doing it. He said he enjoyed it and that he was laughing," Caro, a priest and exorcist in Monterrey, told the Daily News
. "He told me terrible things."
It took four months of weekly visits to rid the murderer of demons possessing him, Caro said.
The convict - who was incarcerated for murder and kidnapping - converted to Catholicism in 2012 and began a new, nonviolent life, the priest said. He's heard the man secured an early prison release, but doesn't know his whereabouts, Caro said.
"God sends me these people," said the exorcist for the Diocese of Monterrey.