A Catholic priest in Colombia who believes the violence and criminality in his country are inspired by evil spirits has proposed using an aircraft to sprinkle holy water from above over the lands and people to exorcise the evil.
Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, Bishop of the Diocese of Buenaventura, plans to perform a mass exorcism in the Colombian city that has seen violent crime and corruption rise to an all-time high.
A report picked by YEN.com.gh from Oddity Central states that the Catholic priest already has the support of the National Navy.
In a marriage of the church and state, the plan is to use a helicopter to sprinkle holy water over the city in an attempt to get rid of demons.
The event is scheduled for July 13 or 14 2019, when Buenaventura hosts its annual patron saints festivities.
Explaining the rationale for the exorcism, Monsignor Montoya said: "We have to drive out the devil out of Buenaventura, to see if we can restore the peace and tranquillity 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.
We want to go around Buenaventura from the air and sprinkle holy water and see if we can exorcise, drive out these demons that are destroying the port so that the blessing of God comes and removes all this evil that invades our streets.”
The priest's announcement came a week after the lifeless body of a 10-year-old girl was discovered in Buenaventura. Her uncle confessed to the crime and has since been jailed, but this was only the latest in a series of violent crimes in the Colombian port.
Data shows that in the five months of 2019, 51 people have been killed in Buenaventura, 20 more than in the same period of 2018.
Furthermore, Buenaventura has become a strategic port for cartels smuggling drugs into the United States.
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