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(NEW YORK POST) — A Catholic bishop in Colombia is going to new heights in efforts to perform an exorcism: He plans to spray holy water over an entire city from a helicopter, according to reports.
Monsignor Rubén Dario Jaramillo Montoya, bishop of Buenaventura, will use a navy chopper to spread the holy water Sunday in hopes of ridding the city of demons that he believes are responsible for violence, crime and corruption there.
“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 local radio station, according to UPI.
“So that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets,” said Montoya, who was ordained in 2017 by Pope Francis.
“In Buenaventura, we have to get rid of the devil to see if we can return to the tranquility that the city has lost with so many crimes, acts of corruption and so much evil and drug trafficking,” Montoya continued.
“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,” he said.
Buenaventura, the South American nation’s biggest Pacific seaport, also will hold a feast for its patron saint that day.
In 2014, a Human Rights Watch report named Buenaventura the country’s most dangerous place, saying that criminal gangs are active in many of the city’s neighborhoods, where they dismembered people and dumped them in the sea.
Despite efforts to tackle violence by creating a “humanitarian zone” in the city, Montoya said there have been 51 murders there so far this year.
Last year, the Vatican announced a new exorcism training course because of the increased demand for “deliverance ministry.”
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