What is the devil’s favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Madrid, Spain, Dec 28, 2015 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- Is an exorcist afraid? What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in an interview this summer with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

It has been nine years since Fr. Gallego was appointed as exorcist. In an August interview conducted by the Spanish daily El Mundo, the priest said that in his experience, pride is the sin the devil likes the most.

“Have you ever been afraid?” the interviewer asked.

“In the beginning I had a lot of fear,” Fr. Gallego replied. “All I had to do was look over my shoulder and I saw demons… the other day I was doing an exorcism, ‘I command you! I order you!’…and the Evil One, with a loud voice fires back at me: ‘Galleeeego, you’re over-doooing it.’ That shook me.”

Nevertheless, he knows that the devil is not more powerful than God. The exorcist recalled that “when they appointed me, a relative told me, ‘Whoa, Juan José, I’m really afraid, because in the movie ‘The Exorcist,’ one person died and the other threw himself through a window. I said to her ‘Don’t forget that the devil is (just a) creature of God.’”

When people are possessed, he added, “they lose consciousness, they speak strange languages, they have inordinate strength, they feel really bad, you see very well-mannered people vomiting and blaspheming.”

“There was a boy whom the demon would set his shirt on fire at night and things like that. He told me what the demons were proposing him to do: If you make a pact with us, you’ll never have to go through any more of what you’re going through now.”

Father Gallego also warned that “New Age” practices like reiki and some yoga can be points of entry for the demons. He also said that addictions are “a type of possession.”

“When people are going through a crisis they suffer more. They can feel hopeless, People feel like they’ve got the devil inside,” he said.

This article was originally published on CNA Aug. 25, 2015.

Tags: Exorcism, Demonic Possession, Devil


La’Vang, Vietnam – 1798

Our Lady of La’ Vang is the central and national shrine of Vietnam, located approximately 55 miles from the former capitol Hue. The name is derived from a type of fern which used to grow in great quantities in the region.

During much of the 18th century, Vietnam was embattled in various struggles for power and domination. The northern regions of the kingdom fell under the authority of the lords of the Trinh family, while in the southern realm the Nguyen lords took power. As the 18th century drew toward a close, both of their rules where shaken and threatened by peasant uprisings and emerging rebel forces.

The strongest of the uprisings was led by the three brothers from Tay Son. In no time, they overthrew the Nguyen lords and defeated the Trinh lords to restore national unity for the first time since the decline of the Le dynasty. A Tay Son brother was enthroned to be King Quang Trung. In 1792 he passed away and left the throne to his son who became King Canh Thinh.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Anh continued his insurgency in trying to reclaim his throne. He sought refuge on Phu Quoc Island, where Monsignor Pierre Pigneau de Behaine of the Society of Foreign Missions directed a seminary for youths from neighboring countries. The bishop persuaded him t seek help from King Louis XVI of France.

King Canh Thinh knew that Nguyen Anh received support from the French missionary, and worried that the Vietnamese Catholics would also endorse his reign. He began to restrict the practice of Catholicism in Vietnam. On August 17, 1798, King Canh Thinh issued an anti-Catholic edict and an order to destroy all Catholic churches and seminaries. A horrendous persecution of Vietnamese Catholics ensued and lasted until 1886. Even after Nguyen Anh succeeded in reclaiming his throne as King Gia Long (1802-1820), his three successors renewed the vehement campaign against Catholics. These emperors ordered horrific punishments from torture to death.

During this horrible persecution, many Catholics fled into the dense jungle forest in the central region of Vietnam near what is now known as Quang Tri. Here they suffered from the bitter cold, wild animals, great hunger and deadly sicknesses, and prepared themselves for martyrdom. At night they would gather into groups and pray in common, especially the Most Holy Rosary.

Unexpectedly, one night there appeared to all of them a beautiful Lady in a long cape, holding a Child in Her arms, with two angels at Her sides. The apparition was surrounded by numerous small twinkling lights. She presented Herself as the Mother of God, encouraged and consoled them, and gave them a special sign of Her maternal loving care. Our Lady told them to boil the fern leaves from the surrounding trees to use for medicine. She further promised that from that day on, all those who came to this place to pray would have their prayers heard, and their petitions granted.

After this first apparition, the Blessed Virgin continued to appear in the same place on numerous occasions, again to be witnessed by all who were present each time. Each time, She encouraged and consoled Her children, and confirmed their Faith. The people erected a makeshift altar and chapel to mark the spot.

After the persecution in 1802, the Catholics lef their jungle hiding place and returned to their villages. Word of the apparitions of Our Lady of La’ Vang spread among the people and out to other regions. Despite its desolate location in the high mountains, groups of people continued to find ways to penetrate the deep and dangerous jungle to obtain the promised intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The pilgrims came with axes, spears, canes, and drums to scare away the wild animals. They also carried flags, flowers, and rosaries. The pilgrimages continued every year, despite the religious persecutions.

Among many groups of Vietnamese Catholics that were burnt alive because of their Faith, was a group of 30 people who were seized after they came out of hiding in the forest of La’ Vang. At their request, their executions took them to the spot of the apparitions and killed them there. In 1885, the chapel was destroyed by anti-Catholic fanatics.

In 1886, after the persecution had officially ended, Bishop Gaspar ordered a church to be built in honor of Our Lady of La’ Vang. Because of its precarious location and limited funding, it took 15 years for the church to be completed. It was consecrated by the Bishop himself in a solemn ceremony that lasted from August 6th to August 8th, 1901, with over 12,000 people in attendance. The Bishop proclaimed Our Lady of La’ Vang to be the Protectress of the Catholics. In 1928, a larger church was built to accomodate the increasing number of pilgrims.

Over the years, the miraculous cures and conversions continued to multiply, were investigated by the Church, and validated. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of La’ Vang became stronger. In April of 1961, the Council of Vietnamese Bishops selected the holy church of La’ Vang as the National Sacred Marian Center. In August of 1962, Pope John XXIII elevated the church to the rank of a basilica. The Basilica of La’ Vang was nearly destroyed in 1972 during the Vietnam War, but was rebuilt to its former magnificence.

On June 19, 1988, Pope John Paul II, during the canonization ceremony for the 117 Vietnamese Martyrs, publicly and repeated recognized the importance and significance of Our Lady of La’ Vang, and expressed a desire to renovate the La’ Vang Basilica in commemoration of the of the coming 200th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary there.

With this completed, and over 100,000 pilgrims in attendance at La’ Vang in August 1998 for the 200th anniversary celebrations, the Holy Father said, “In visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of La’ Vang, Who is so loved by the Vietnamese faithful, pilgrims come to entrust to Her their joys and sorrows, their hopes and sufferings. In this way, they call on God and become intercessors for their families and nation, asking the Lord to infuse in the heart of all people feelings of peace, fraternity, and solidarity, so that all the Vietnamese will be more united every day in the construction of a world based on essential spiritual and moral values, where each one will be recognized because of his dignity as a son of God, and be able to also go in freedom and a son toward the Father of Heaven, ‘rich in Mercy’.”

During the celebration of the Marian Congress in Rome in the Jubilee Year 2000, $15,000 was donated to the Catholic Church in Vietnam to finish refurbishing the Basilica of La’ Vang. In the meantime, American Vietnamese Catholics are working with the Bishops in charge of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., to try to establish a chapel to Our Lady of La’ Vang in this already magnificent cathedral.

‘Brain dead’ son enjoys Xmas after dad armed with gun refuses to let medics end his life Published time: 25 Dec, 2015 12:06 Edited time: 25 Dec, 2015 13:04

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‘Brain dead’ son enjoys Xmas after dad armed with gun refuses to let medics end his life


The Pickering family from Texas is celebrating a miracle this Christmas, which so nearly did not happen. With doctors about to turn off a life support machine keeping George Pickering’s son alive, a desperate and armed George intervened, determined his son would live.

This year has been an eventful one for George Pickering II and his son George Pickering III. George Jr. has made a full recovery after being in a coma. With doctors set to turn off his life support machine, his savior proved to be his own father.

Upon hearing that doctors had given up hope, a drunk and armed George Sr. marched towards the Tomball Regional Medical Center in Houston, Texas, determined to make sure his son was given more time to make a recovery, even if it meant he would spend time in jail.

George Sr. barricaded himself inside with his 27-year-old son as he managed to hold off police, before something amazing happened.

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“Towards the end of the standoff, which was about three hours long, he felt his son squeeze his hand,” the family’s lawyer Phoebe Smith told RT.

“At this time, the SWAT team had already opened the door to the critical care room and he had surrendered to the police, but he surrendered knowing his son had squeezed his hand,” she added.

George Jr. had fallen into a coma after suffering a stroke in January. Doctors had declared him brain dead, while George II’s ex-wife and other son made the decision to turn off the life support machine.

However, there was one person who was not going to give up hope.

“The SWAT team had their own doctors and when they entered into the critical care room, they saw that my client’s son was not brain dead because he was making eye contact, was following their commands and they were completely amazed at this,” Smith added.

The Pickerings’ family lawyer also praised the courage and determination shown by George Sr.

“The amazing thing was that my client was right and that his son did survive. When you see him now, he is a picture of health. I don’t think he would have survived but for the fact that his father slowed the process down.”

After feeling signs of life from his son, George Sr. peacefully surrendered to the police. He was subsequently sentenced to 10 months’ prison time. He was released in December, just in time to spend Christmas with his son.

“There was a law broken, but it was broken for all the right reasons. I’m here now because of it. It was love, it was love,” George III told KPRC.

“The important thing is I’m alive and well, my father is home and we’re together again.”


Video-The Satanic Temple in detroit performs NATIONS FIRST STATE SANCTIONED Satanic Ceremony IN HISTORY

Published on Dec 22, 2015

They said “All Hail the New American Era, All hail the eternal rebel in all of us, hail satan”!

On December 19, 2015, The Satanic Temple of Detroit held a Satanic ceremony on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. Transcript of the ceremony speech can be found here:



Blessed Mother Teresa: Stories never told before…

Published on Sep 4, 2012

(Vatican Radio) Wednesday 5th of September marks fifteen years since the death of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

To mark this occasion Veronica Scarisbrick brings you an interview with someone who personally knew her. He’s Monsignor Leo Maasburg who recently wrote a book drawn from the years spent with her as spiritual advisor. The title of the book is ‘Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a Personal Portrait: 50 inspiring stories never told before” and is published by Ignatius Press.

The stories Monsignor Maasburg , who’s currently National Director of the Pontifical Missionary Societies in Austria, recounts, date back to his years as a young priest and shed light on some of the lesser known aspects of Mother Teresa, including her travels from India to Rome, from Moscow to Cuba, to New York.

“…for Mother Teresa the poorest of the poor were not only the people in Calcutta..find them in your own family , love them and put your love for God into a living action for them…. I believe she has told us a lot about what Christ meant when he said: ‘love one another as I have loved you’…”

Satanist to Pour Fake Blood Over Virgin Mary on Christmas Eve

By Mark Judge | December 14, 2015 | 5:01 PM EST

Statue of Baphomet, a depiction of Satan (AP)

An Oklahoma Satanist is planning to pour fake blood over a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of a Catholic church on Christmas Eve.

Adam Daniels told the Oklahoman that he will perform the act outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral in Oklahoma City.

“The purpose of the blood is to add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church,” he said. The statue will also be covered, said Daniels, “in sulfur powder and ash.”

The display is entitled “The Virgin Birth is a Lie.” Daniels believes that the virgin birth of Jesus is a fraud. He said that his action is in reaction to protests by the Catholic Church over a Black Mass held in Oklahoma City last year, along with protests at a Baphomet statue unveiling last year and at a book signing by Daniels.

“They continue to protest just about everything we do both here in Oklahoma City and nationally,” he said. “This is a tit-for-tat.”

Mark Judge
Mark Judge