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Witnessing Father Amorth: "The Vatican Exorcist" at work and the pathology otherwise known as possession

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HALLWAY TO HELL The corridor leading to the exorcism room (second door on right) at the Paulist Fathers residence in Rome.
When he made his 1973 classic, The Exorcist, William Friedkin had never seen an exorcism. For decades he wondered how close he had come to reality. So, last May, he followed "the Dean of Exorcists" as he fought to expel Satan from an Italian woman.
We have a clergy today who no longer believe in the devil, in exorcism, in the exceptional Evil the devil can instill or even in the power that Jesus bestowed to cast out demons. —FATHER GABRIELE AMORTH
Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth's 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome's historic center.

After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had a tall window, a hospital bed, two chairs, and a wooden desk cluttered with pictures of the Virgin Mary and Padre Pio, a priest-mystic who experienced stigmata—bleeding wounds, corresponding to those inflicted on Jesus Christ on the Cross. For the next six hours, Father Amorth reviewed the mail requesting his services from around the world. Each letter contained tragic questions and appeals from people who knew Amorth only by name and reputation. He answered the letters, writing with a fountain pen, licking the envelopes and stamps himself. At two P.M., he knelt again to pray, then arose with difficulty, took up his walking aid, and made his way to an elevator, which took him to the first floor, where the small room dedicated to his work was located. The hallway was empty and dark. Whispering voices and footsteps could be heard, as from a tomb.

His old adversary was waiting.

Comment: So interesting to see how Dr. Lieberman begins this last discussion with his scientific skepticism hat on - and then allows himself to make other associations which suggest the validity of demonic possession.


UFO 2

Strange UFO lights reported across the sky in Gilbert, Arizona

Some people have been messaging us saying they saw some strange lights in the East Valley on Tuesday.

Ashley Grayson posted on our Facebook page and said the objects she saw were flying from north to south, possibly from McKellips Road to about Warner Road and Val Vista Driver. She said that there were "airplanes being diverted."

Another guy named Todd posted on Twitter he was at the Queen Creek wash when he saw multiple lights in the sky. He posted a video that has explicit language.


There was also a reported sighting in Globe. Phoenix Skyhawks said they had no planned jumps tonight. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said it didn't receive any crazy calls.

Evil Rays

Astronomers claim to have just received a message from extraterrestrials

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Anomalous signals from deep space often evoke a quick pulse of gossip and speculation about aliens that dies off soon thereafter, when scientists are able to explain it. Usually, the explanation involves a natural cosmic process — an asteroid, space detritus, or frequencies from an exploded star.

Sometimes, however, the signals are too mysterious to explain. There's a reason why you may have seen a sustained social media buzz regarding aliens this past week. A few days ago, two scientists from Laval University in Quebec released a paper arguing they may have just received our first communication from extraterrestrials.

First, a bit of context. This has been an exciting decade for those of us who stargaze in awe, wondering how many sentient beings live in this incomprehensibly enormous universe of ours. First, the search for exoplanets accelerated dramatically, aided by the Keplar telescope, which has identified over 1,000 planets outside of our solar system.

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'UFO' seen over Vienna, scared onlookers call police (VIDEO)

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Startled residents in the Austrian cities of Graz and Vienna were so spooked by an apparent UFO hovering in the skies, they called the police.

Footage was uploaded on social media showing the bright object flying through the skies and while many people were skeptical of the sightings, others thought an alien invasion was imminent.


Comment: Yeah that's what it is, a small remote controlled helicopter - that glows.


Pirates

Isle of madness: Poveglia and the Ghosts of its victims

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People often ask me what my dream haunted destination would be if I could go anywhere in the world to conduct a paranormal investigation. I've had the same answer for the past 15 years: The Island of Poveglia in Northern Italy. Completely abandoned and isolated from the public, the island once served as a dumping ground for over 160,000 plague sufferers. Not everyone's idea of an ideal vacation, but for the ghost hunters who have visited the island, it's considered one of the most paranormally-active locations in the world. Some visitors are so shaken by what they've experienced on Poveglia that they vow never to return.

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For the sick who traveled to Poveglia, the gondola ride to the island was a one-way ticket. No one ever got better on the island of Poveglia. The distance from the mainland meant that sufferers would not only be out of sight and out of mind, but a safe distance away from those who had yet to contract the Black Plague, the fatal disease that left its victims with puss covered boils and rotting black tissue. For those who look carefully, there are still a number of plague pits littered all over the island, giant graves where bodies were dumped quickly after death with the hopes of keeping the disease from spreading to the doctors and nurses.

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'Leaked' security film shows UFO flying over ocean before 'splitting in two'


The 'leaked' security footage shows a strange UFO flying over the ocean
Bizarre footage appears to show the moment conspiracy theorists believe a UFO plunges into the ocean - before splitting in two.

The clip was allegedly recording in Aguadillia in Puerto Rico on April 25, 2013 but the footage has only recently been released by the Department of Homeland Security by a whistleblower.

In the video, the strange metallic sphere hurtles through the sky before dropping down and plunging into the ocean.

When it re-emerges, it appears to have split in two.

The object was being monitored by US Customs and Border Protection, according to Headlines & Global News.

Nick Pope, a UFO expert, said: "Assuming the video isn't a clever hoax - which is always a possibility these days - it's a fascinating piece of footage.


The bizarre object then appears to split in half

Black Magic

Hostage to the Devil

Malachi Martin was born in Ireland in 1921. He was ordained a Catholic priest and over the course of his long career, he became a well known writer, theologian and exorcist. He left Ireland and moved to New York City in 1964 and later became an American citizen.

One of his most significant books was the 1976 release "Hostage to the Devil," which dealt with demonic possession and exorcisms. Martin was involved with numerous paranormal cases and worked closely with John Zaffis and others in the field when they needed a priest trained in the Catholic rites of exorcism.

Martin died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1999. Some say there were strange circumstances around his death. He is buried in New York.

People continue to discover his work and over the past five years, director Martin Stalker has been hard at work on a production titled "Hostage to the Devil," after Malachi's famous book. Information from press releases include these details:
...a film which examines age-old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good verses evil, all through the life of a controversial, Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr. Malachi Martin.
You can watch the trailer, here:


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Recalling an interview with Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real-life couple whose work inspired 'Conjuring' films


Lorraine and the late Ed Warren, who inspired "The Conjuring" films.

(Editor's note: "Conjuring 2" topped the weekend box office. The movie was inspired by the exploits of the late Ed Warren and his wife, Lorraine. Eleven years before Ed Warren's death, I sat down with the couple and discussed their work as demonologists. What follows is an article that appeared in the Union-News on Oct. 31, 1995).


Ed Warren says he has been thrown across a room, seen tables fly and heard the kind of language few others have.

No, Warren isn't a bouncer. He's a demonologist.

Warren and his wife of 50 years, Lorraine, have spent more than four decades investigating reports of hauntings, demonic possession, and things that go bump in the night.

Outside the realm of skeptics, the Connecticut couple is considered the country's premiere "ghostbusters." They have worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Roman Catholic dioceses of Worcester and Hartford.

"Our job is to go in, evaluate what's going on, document it, and then turn it over to church authorities," Lorraine Warren said.

Comment: For an excellent if hellacious summation of Ed and Lorraine's life's work, read The Demonologist, by Gerald Brittle (just not at night!). The book will not only give one an appreciation for the type of spiritual warfare described in the article, but knowledge of two incredibly strong and courageous individuals who worked tirelessly to help individuals and families under ethereal and physical attack. The Warrens also spent much of their time educating the public about the nature and reality of 'possession' and warned many of the dangers of dabbling in the occult. Since this reading is NOT for the faint hearted, it may even be a better idea to forgo reading The Demonologist and just reading this SOTT Forum thread about a similar book, Malachi Martin's Hostage to the Devil for some essential understandings about this topic.


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What caused this baffling epidemic of hallucinations?

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It's a local news story that Stephen King could take notes from: Five people fell ill and started hallucinating, one after another, following contact with one woman who started seeing things in the dead of night.

The caretaker of a 78-year-old woman called the police in North Bend, Oregon's pre-dawn hours to report people vandalizing her vehicle, KVAL news reports. The cops came and went, finding nothing, only to be called back at 5:30 a.m. for a similar complaint. The officers suspected she was hallucinating, and took her to the hospital, where she was given a clean bill of health and discharged.

But as the day wore on, everyone who'd come in contact with her started showing similar symptoms of mental distress: Both deputies, the 78-year-old woman, and a hospital employee all had to be hospitalized for similar symptoms.

That afternoon, a hazmat team descended on Oregon's Bay Area Hospital, and the home where it all started, decontaminating vehicles and clearing the emergency room. They turned up nothing. "No source of the contamination has been found," Sgt. Pat Downing told KVAL. "The vehicles, equipment and uniforms have been checked with no contaminates identified or located on or about them." Not a blip in the patients' blood samples, either.

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Alien intelligence: Stranger than we can imagine? [video]

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Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)
"To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture-bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant." Ever since I first grokked this insight from Terence McKenna, I've made it a mission to try and think outside the anthropomorphic box when it comes to the question of what intelligent aliens might be like.

So I thought the Aeon video above was worth posting, along with the asking for your thoughts on what form ETI might take?


Comment: When it comes to the UFO phenomenon and the vast amount of 'High Strangeness' events recorded across millennia of human existence, outside the box thinking is a necessity. The works of John Keel are a vital primer to the understanding of such phenomena and his work makes a mockery of the 'Nuts and Bolts' explanation of alien interaction with the human race.

For an extensive overview of the subject, see also Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book, High Strangeness: Hyperdimensions and the Process of Alien Abduction.