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In Uncategorized on March 7, 2012 at 16:26

In The name Of Jesus: Child Witches

Witch torture trial: Sister describes brother’s beating

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 at 06:51

The sister of a boy tortured to death for being a “witch” wept in court as she told how her brother was beaten with a stick, hammer and iron bar.

Kristy Bamu, 15, from Paris, was found dead in a bath in a flat in Newham, east London, on Christmas Day in 2010.

His sister Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend, Eric Bikubi, both 28 and living in Newham, deny the murder.

Kelly Bamu, 21, said her sister Magalie Bamu “deserves to die” for doing nothing as Mr Bikubi beat Kristy.

The defendants also deny assaulting Kelly Bamu and a sibling.

Prosecutors have told jurors of acts they described as “depraved”, “wicked” and “cruel”.

Kristy and his four siblings had come to London from Paris to spend Christmas with the couple, when they were beaten and terrorised for four days, the Old Bailey heard.

“Obsessed by witchcraft’

Kristy became the focus of the attack and was hit with an “armoury of weapons”, including sticks, pliers, a metal bar, hammer and chisel. He suffered 101 injuries.

Giving evidence through an interpreter, Kelly Bamu said there had been a “nice atmosphere” at first but the defendants began talking about kindoki, the African term for witchcraft, and she and Kristy were accused of being “witches”.

She said: “It was as if they were obsessed by witchcraft and then it became absolutely unbearable.

“I did not know what was going on in their minds. They decided we had come there to kill them.”

Miss Bamu said she and Kristy were made to fast and pray all night but then Mr Bikubi allegedly said he would use a stick to get them to tell the truth.

She said: “He began to hit Kristy while my sister was watching and didn’t do anything.

“I begged him: ‘We didn’t do anything, we are innocent’. She didn’t argue at all. She was just sitting there as a spectator.

“He hit and hit Kristy. He was not feeling well, He was having trouble breathing and he fell over.

“As far as Eric and Magalie were concerned, that was the kindoki coming out of him.”

Miss Bamu said her brother suffered over 200 blows and as Mr Bikubi hit the boy with a hammer and an iron bar, Magalie Bamu also joined in with a stick.

“Kristy asked for forgiveness. He asked again and again.

“Magalie did absolutely nothing. She didn’t lift a finger and she was convinced that we did bad things,” Kelly Bamu said.

Addressing her sister in the dock Miss Bamu said: “You are an idiot.

“I am sure she still believes, even to this day, that we are witches.”

Mr Bikubi has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, a plea not accepted by the prosecution. He has also admitted assaulting Kristy’s siblings.

Magalie Bamu denies the murder, as well as two charges of causing actual bodily harm to her other siblings.

The case continues.

‘Harry Potter and yoga are evil’, says Catholic Church exorcist

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 08:05

For most people it is a way of toning the limbs and soothing the stresses of everyday life, but the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist says yoga is evil.

Father Gabriele Amorth, who for years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist and claims to have cleansed hundreds of people of evil spirits, said yoga is Satanic because it leads to a worship of Hinduism and “all eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation”.

Reading JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books is no less dangerous, said the 86-year-old priest, who is the honorary president for life of the International Association of Exorcists, which he founded in 1990, and whose favourite film is the 1973 horror classic, The Exorcist.

The Harry Potter books, which have sold millions of copies worldwide, “seem innocuous” but in fact encourage children to believe in black magic and wizardry, Father Amorth said.

“Practising yoga is Satanic, it leads to evil just like reading Harry Potter,” he told a film festival in Umbria this week, where he was invited to introduce The Rite, a film about exorcism starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as a Jesuit priest.

“In Harry Potter the Devil acts in a crafty and covert manner, under the guise of extraordinary powers, magic spells and curses,” said the priest, who in 1986 was appointed the chief exorcist for the Diocese of Rome.

“Satan is always hidden and what he most wants is for us not to believe in his existence. He studies every one of us and our tendencies towards good and evil, and then he offers temptations.” Science was incapable of explaining evil, said Father Amorth, who has written two books on his experiences as an exorcist. “It’s not worth a jot.

The scientist simply explores what God has already created.” His views may seem extreme, but in fact reflect previous warnings by Pope Benedict XVI, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s enforcer of doctrinal orthodoxy.

In 1999, six years before he succeeded John Paul II as Pope, he issued a document which warned Roman Catholics of the dangers of yoga, Zen, transcendental meditation and other ‘eastern’ practises.

They could “degenerate into a cult of the body” that debases Christian prayer, the document said.

Yoga poses could create a feeling of well-being in the body but it was erroneous to confuse that with “the authentic consolations of the Holy Spirit,” the document said.

Italian yoga schools said Father Amorth’s criticism was absurd.

“It’s an accusation that has nothing to do with reality,” Vanda Vanni, the founder of the Mediterranean Yoga Association, told Adnkronos, an Italian news agency.

“It’s a theory — if one can call it a theory — that is totally without foundation. Yoga is not a religion or a spiritual practise. It doesn’t have even the slightest connection with Satanism or Satanic sects.” Giorgio Furlan, the founder of the Yoga Academy of Rome, said yoga had nothing to do with religion, “least of all Satanism.” “Whoever says that shows that they know absolutely nothing about yoga,” he said.

Father Amorth has previously said that people who are possessed by Satan vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron and have such superhuman strength that even children have to be held down by up to four people.

He has also claimed that the sex abuse scandals which have engulfed the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Germany and other countries was proof that the Anti-Christ is waging a war against the Holy See.

2:31PM GMT 25 Nov 2011

Mother Teresa

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2011 at 07:58

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

In the 1970s, she became well-known internationally for her humanitarian work and advocacy for the rights of the poor and helpless.

She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948. Mother Teresa spent a few months in Patna to receive a basic medical training in the Holy Family Hospital and then ventured out into the slums.  Initially she started a school in Motijhil (Calcutta); soon she started tending to the needs of the destitute and starving. In the beginning of 1949 she was joined in her effort by a group of young women and laid the foundations to create a new religious community helping the “poorest among the poor”. Her first year was fraught with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies.

the Missionaries of Charity began as a small order with 13 members in Calcutta; today it has more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.

In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first Home for the Dying in space made available by the city of Calcutta. Those brought to the home received medical attention and were afforded the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites.

Mother Teresa soon opened a home for those suffering from Hansen’s disease, commonly known as leprosy. The Missionaries of Charity also established several leprosy outreach clinics throughout Calcutta, providing medication, bandages and food.

As the Missionaries of Charity took in increasing numbers of lost children, Mother Teresa felt the need to create a home for them. In 1955 she opened the Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart, as a haven for orphans and homeless youth.

The order soon began to attract both recruits and charitable donations, and by the 1960s had opened hospices, orphanages and leper houses all over India. Mother Teresa then expanded the order throughout the globe. Its first house outside India opened in Venezuela in 1965 with five sisters. Others followed in Rome, Tanzania, and Austria in 1968; during the 1970s the order opened houses and foundations in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.

The Missionaries of Charity Brothers was founded in 1963, and a contemplative branch of the Sisters followed in 1976. Lay Catholics and non-Catholics were enrolled in the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, and the Lay Missionaries of Charity. By 2007 the Missionaries of Charity numbered approximately 450 brothers and 5,000 nuns worldwide, operating 600 missions, schools and shelters in 120 countries.

Mother Teresa’s philosophy and implementation have faced some criticism. Catholic newspaper editor David Scott wrote that Mother Teresa limited herself to keeping people alive rather than tackling poverty itself.

She has also been criticized for her view on suffering. She felt that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus.Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International, criticised the failure to give pain killers, writing that in her Homes for the Dying, one could “hear the screams of people having maggots tweezered from their open wounds without pain relief. On principle, strong painkillers are even in hard cases not given. According to Mother Teresa’s bizarre philosophy, it is ‘the most beautiful gift for a person that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ’.”

The quality of care offered to terminally ill patients in the Homes for the Dying has been criticised in the medical press. The Lancet and the British Medical Journal reported the reuse of hypodermic needles, poor living conditions, including the use of cold baths for all patients, and an approach to illness and suffering that precluded the use of many elements of modern medical care, such as systematic diagnosis. 

Dr. Robin Fox, editor of The Lancet, described the medical care as “haphazard”, as volunteers without medical knowledge had to take decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors. He observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.

Colette Livermore, a former Missionary of Charity, describes her reasons for leaving the order in her book Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning. Livermore found what she called Mother Teresa’s “theology of suffering” to be flawed, despite being a good and courageous person. Though Mother Teresa instructed her followers on the importance of spreading the Gospel through actions rather than theological lessons, Livermore could not reconcile this with some of the practices of the organization. Examples she gives include unnecessarily refusing to help the needy when they approached the nuns at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging nuns from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), and imposition of “unjust” punishments, such as being transferred away from friends. Livermore says that the Missionaries of Charity “infantilized” its nuns by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving.

In 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut, Mother Teresa rescued 37 children trapped in a front line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas. Accompanied by Red Cross workers, she traveled through the war zone to the devastated hospital to evacuate the young patients.

The spending of the charity money received has been criticized by some. Christopher Hitchens and the German magazine Stern have said Mother Teresa did not focus donated money on alleviating poverty or improving the conditions of her hospices, but on opening new convents and increasing missionary work.

The Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry Sebastian D’Souza, said he ordered a priest to perform an exorcism on Mother Teresa with her permission when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems because he thought she may be under attack by the devil.

Родители убили дочь, изгоняя из нее бесов

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 at 13:48

18:20, Среда Январь 12, 2011

Оксана Писаненко, Life News Online

“Супруги затоптали насмерть родную дочь, решив, что в нее вселился дьявол. Обряд экзорцизма любящие родители устроили прямо во время праздничного семейного застолья в честь долгожданного приезда дочери.

Вряд ли 25-летняя мать двоих детей Александра могла себе представить, чем закончится ее визит в родной Воронеж к маме и папе, куда она приехала вместе со своими малютками всего на день.

– Скорее всего, толчком к произошедшему стало то, что во время ужина семейная беседа плавно перетекла на религиозные темы. Молодая девушка призналась, что иногда ей чудятся таинственные голоса в голове, – рассказывают шокированные следователи – даже для них произошедшее оказалось редким событием.

В ответ на подобное признание набожные родители неожиданно заявили дочери, что, по их мнению, в нее вселилась нечистая сила.

– Они убедили девушку, что избавиться от голосов в голове ей поможет обряд экзорцизма, попросту – изгнание бесов, – рассказывает представитель СК Воронежской области. – Для этого она должна была выпить пять литров святой воды.

Однако миниатюрная девушка не смогла справиться с таким количеством жидкости. Тогда отец схватил ее за руки, а мать стала насильно вливать ей в рот воду.

Оба обезумевших родителя были убеждены, что девушка отчаянно вырывается потому, что бесы активно сопротивляются изгнанию. Повалив дочь на пол, мать и отец начали прыгать по ней, пока несчастная не потеряла сознание. Они были уверены, что все сделано правильно и Саша через три дня воскреснет.

Наутро младшая сестра погибшей, увидев страшные последствия обряда, вызвала скорую помощь. Однако спасти девушку было уже нельзя.

Следователей шокировало и то, что во время жестокой расправы над женщиной двое ее маленьких дочек, младшей из которых едва исполнилось 7 месяцев, находились в соседней комнате. Малышки могли все слышать, поэтому сейчас с ними работают психологи.

– В данный момент родители убитой задержаны, – сообщил представитель СК по Воронежской области Сергей Вяльцев. – Их ждет экспертиза на психическую вменяемость, по результатам которой будет решена их дальнейшая судьба.

К немалому удивлению следователей, на допросе супруги даже не раскаивались, утверждая, что, убив в дочери беса, они спасли ее вечную душу.”

A nun crucified by a priest and four other nuns

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 at 13:23

12:01AM GMT 30 Jan 2008

A former Romanian Orthodox priest has been jailed for seven years for fatally crucifying a young nun during an “exorcism”.

Twenty-three-year-old Irina Cornici was bound and chained to a cross before being starved and denied water for days.

She died of dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation.

Ms Cornici believed that the devil was talking to her, and had previously been treated for schizophrenia. Daniel Corogeanu, the former priest, and four nuns decided in 2005 to undertake the exorcism.

Corogeanu was convicted of murder and sentenced alongside the four nuns in September 2007, but was freed while an appeal took place.

Following the appeal’s failure he was picked up by police in the remote north-eastern part of the eastern European country.

Upon arrest he said he would serve his term if God willed it, according to national news agency Rompres.

While the Romanian Orthodox Church regularly performs exorcism rituals it denounced his methods as “abominable”, and has promised to take steps to prevent anything similar happening in the future, including psychological screening for potential clergy.

Corogeanu had in fact dropped out of training for the priesthood half-way through, but a shortage of suitable candidates meant that he still served as a priest in the Holy Trinity convent, north-east Romania.

He has since been defrocked and the four nuns excommunicated.

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