One very focused Catholic bishop is planning to rid a city of “demons” by pouring holy water from a helicopter.
The mass exorcism will happen on Colombia’s Pacific coast, in Buenaventura, an area known for drug crime and gang warfare.
Bishop Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya will be positioned in a military helicopter alongside holy water in hopes to purge the city from ‘demonic infestation’.
When speaking to a Columbian radio station, Montoya shared his plans:
“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.”
But the bishop’s concrern is valid as according to Metro, Buenaventura is considered one of the most crime-littered cities in Colombia.
According to Montoya, 51 murders have been recorded in the city this year alone.
He commented the following, saying:
“We have to drive the devil out of Buenaventura, to see if we can restore the peace and tranquility that our city has lost due to so many crimes, acts of corruption and with so much evil and drug trafficking that invades our port, said Montoya to local news.”
Montoya, ordained by Pope Francis in 2017, revealed his plan to exorcise Buenaventura after the murder of a 10-year-old girl.
During the exorcism – the bishop will additionally bless those who have tragically lost their lives through violence.
Montoya shared when speaking to a religious new agency shared with CNA the following:
“Where blood flowed, where blood was shed, we are now going to pour holy water as a sign of reparation at the place where those who died were struck down by violence. Last year, it was widely reported the Vatican held an exorcism training course for priests. They claimed ‘demands for deliverance from demonic possession had greatly increased across the world’”