Indiana exorcism has St. Louis 1949 ties

PRIEST WHO PERFORMED REPORTED EXORCISMS IN TERRIFYING INDIANA CASE DOUBLES DOWN — AND THE REPORTER WHO BROKE THE STORY SPEAKS OUT..

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Intrigue, fear and skepticism continue to abound following Latoya Ammons’ terrifying claims that she and her children were demonically possessed inside their Indiana home before a priest performed a series of exorcisms.

Despite debate over the validity of the claims, Father Mike Maginot doubled down in an interview with Bill O’Reilly last night, noting that what he saw was “something unworldly.” And Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski who broke the story also told Megyn Kelly that her sources appeared to believe what they said about the purported possessions.

In conducting his interview with the priest, O’Reilly seemed skeptical, asking Maginot a series of questions about the shocking events that led to three exorcisms.

O’Reilly noted that the act of attempting to dispel demons is rare and requires permission from higher-ups in the church. He also questioned why the priest didn’t meet with any of Ammons’ children, despite claims that it was the kids, too, who were experiencing bizarre and horrific attacks at the hands of demonic spirits.

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Related link: Indiana exorcism has St. Louis 1949 ties…  The St. Louis exorcism inspired the book, “The Exorcist.”

A gripping account of demonic possession in Gary, Indiana has been making headlines all of the world this week. A mother and three young children claim they were terrorized by unclean spirits and describe horrific accounts of paranormal events in their home and at a nearby hospital. Many of the most terrifying details have been verified by other witnesses, according to an account

first reported by theIndianapolis Star and USA Today.

Family members say a 12-year-old girl levitated above her bed and other witnesses say her 9-year-old brother walked backwards up a hospital wall in the presence of a social worker and a psychologist.

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Thieves throw away relic with Pope John Paul II’s blood

Rome: Thieves accused of stealing a religious relic stained with Polish pope John Paul II’s blood threw it away thinking it worthless, Italian media said, reporting the police had detained three people.

The scene of the crime: Broken glass where the reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was located next to a painting of the late Pope.

The three “did not understand the relic’s value” and “cannot remember where they threw away the precious loot”, the ANSA news agency said, citing the police.

Police recovered the object’s metal frame but could not find the cloth, believed to be part of the robe the pontiff was wearing when he was shot in an assassination attempt in St Peter’s Square in 1981.

It was stolen on Saturday along with a cross, which has also been found, from the San Pietro della Ienca church in the mountainous Abruzzo region in central Italy where the late pope loved to go on skiing holidays.

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The PrimaDaNoi.it Abruzzo news website said two of those arrested are 23 and 24 years old and are drug addicts known to the police for other petty crimes.

The relic is a framed, tiny square of cloth. It was given to the small church in 2011 by Stanislaw Dziwisz, a cardinal who served as John Paul II’s personal secretary until his death in 2005.

Local media said some 50 police officers and sniffer dogs were deployed in the search for the missing relic in an area famed for its weathered stone houses and the little church where the head of the Roman Catholic Church once reportedly took refuge in a storm.

John Paul II and the Italian pope John XXIII, known as “Good Pope John”, are set to become saints in a ceremony at the Vatican in April — an event which will substantially increase the value of the stolen relic.

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Faster than a speeding bullet, ‘decorum police’ take ‘Super Pope’ down

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VATICAN CITY — Like a comic book showdown, Rome’s “decorum squad” took down the city’s latest hero when they scraped off and painted over the “Super Pope” street art very early this morning.

It marked a new city record given the piece went up Monday night and most illegal urban “decorations” are ignored for years. Notice the illegal cafe’ sign that quickly filled the void…

The artist, Mauro Pallotta, said he saw the censure coming. He told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that “city decorum” officials had been circling “dangerously close” to his piece on Wednesday.

“But the people’s reaction stopped them. There was a small revolution. They left, but they’ll be back,” he said. And right he was.

Pallotta said he draws and paints his “ecological” and removable street art onto paper that he then glues with a water-based adhesive to walls around his historic neighborhood of “the…

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Bill O’Reilly Interviews Rev Michael Maginot Who Performed Exorcism

Bill O’Reilly Interviews Rev Michael Maginot Who Performed Exorcism In Indiana, on Latoya Ammons and family. Latoya Ammons and her family concocted an elaborate tale of demon possessions and supernatural occurrences as a way to make money. But after several visits to their home and interviews with witnesses, Austin said simply, “I am a believer.”

Not everyone involved with the family was inclined to believe its incredible story.

But, whatever the cause of the creepy occurrences that befell the family — whether they were seized by a systematic delusion or demonic possession — it led to one of the most unusual cases ever handled by the Department of Child Services. Many of the events are detailed in nearly 800 pages of official records obtained by The Indianapolis Star and recounted in more than a dozen interviews with police, DCS personnel, psychologists, family members and a Catholic priest.

Furthermore, the family’s story is made only more bizarre because it involves a DCS intervention, a string of psychological evaluations, a police investigation and, ultimately, a series of exorcisms.

It started with flies

In November 2011, Ammons’ family moved into a rental house on Carolina Street in Gary, a quiet lane lined with small one-story homes. Big black flies suddenly swarmed their screened-in porch in December, despite the winter chill.

“This is not normal,” Ammons’ mother, Rosa Campbell, remembers thinking. “We killed them and killed them and killed them, but they kept coming back.”

There were other strange happenings, too.

After midnight, Campbell and Ammons both said, they occasionally heard the steady clump of footsteps climbing the basement stairs and the creak of the door opening between the basement and kitchen. No one was there.

Campbell said she awoke one night and saw a shadowy figure of a man pacing her living room. She leaped out of bed to investigate, and found large, wet bootprints.
On March 10, 2012, Campbell said, the family’s unease turned to fear.

It was about 2 a.m. Normally, Campbell, Ammons and her children would have been asleep, but they were mourning the death of a loved one with a group of friends.

Ammons, who was in Campbell’s bedroom, startled everyone by screaming, “Mama! Mama!”

Al Roker and National Weather Service hit back at politicians blaming bad forecasts for chaos in the South

‘You were warned!’ Al Roker and National Weather Service hit back at politicians blaming bad forecasts for chaos in the South that left roads clogged and coated in ice and forced 15,000 children to sleep at their schools because officials had not cancelled classes

  • Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed blaming each other over the traffic chaos and claim they were not forewarned 
  • However, the National Weather Service explicitly cautioned on Monday that snow-covered roads ‘will make travel difficult or impossible’
  • Al Roker said: ‘They were warned about it and they should have been prepared for it. It’s a shame. It really is’
  • Around the time the traffic jams began on Tuesday, Deal and Reed were at an awards ceremony recognizing the mayor as the ‘2014 Georgian of the Year’
  • Georgia National Guard is taking drivers to find their abandoned cars today
  • Temperatures dropped to about 15 degrees overnight on Wednesday in the Atlanta area but rose to high 30s today 
  • Six dead in traffic accidents, including five in Alabama, and four people were killed early on Tuesday in a Mississippi mobile home fire blamed on a faulty space heater

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic is slowly moving again but a storm is now brewing over who exactly is at fault for the South’s winter weather fiasco.

Weatherman Al Roker and the National Weather Service hit back at politicians in the South who have pointed the finger at inaccurate forecasts as the reason why authorities were so ill-prepared for snowfall and icy conditions which led to chaos on the roads. 

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Tuesday: ‘The National Weather [Service] continually had their modelling showing that Atlanta would not be the area where the storm would hit.’ The governor added that the snow and ice was ‘unexpected’ and ‘we can’t control Mother Nature’. 

However NBC’s Al Roker completely rebuffed this claim on Wednesday, saying: ‘The mayor and the governor got on TV yesterday and said all this wasn’t expected, and that’s not true.’

Roker pointed out that the weather service issued an official warning for Atlanta at 3.38am local time on Tuesday and added: ‘They were warned about it and they should have been prepared for it. It’s a shame. It really is.’

Two inches of snow fell on Tuesday around 1.30pm in the Atlanta area leading to chaos as schools, government workers and private employees took to the roads at the same time. With few highways treated for ice and snow, slippery conditions quickly led to pile-ups and congestion, with many drivers forced to abandoned their cars or sit for hours without heat, food or water. 

As many as 15,000 schoolchildren across the South either slept on the buses that tried and failed to get them home, or on cots in school gymnasiums, GMA reported on air today. All students made it home by Wednesday evening, officials said.

Vehicles are backed up on interstate 20 westbound on Thursday in Leeds, Alabama as icy road conditions and temperatures well below the freeing mark continued

Vehicles are backed up on interstate 20 westbound on Thursday in Leeds, Alabama as icy road conditions and temperatures well below the freeing mark continued 
Georgia National Guard Sgt. Chad Armstrong (right) and other guardsmen help people get their stranded cars out of the snow in Atlanta

 
Georgia Army National Guard photo shows Staff Sgt. Andrew Huffman and soldiers of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 121st Infantry Company assisting stranded motorists following a rare ice storm in Atlanta

Georgia National Guard Sgt. Chad Armstrong (pictured left) and other guardsmen help people get their stranded cars out of the snow in Atlanta on Wednesday after a rare snow storm left thousands stranded on the roads
One car lies half submerged in the Cahaba River as another sits abandoned on Thursday in Mountain Brook, Alabama. One driver was able to escape before the car slid into the river during Tuesday's snow storm and was not injured

One car lies half submerged in the Cahaba River as another sits abandoned on Thursday in Mountain Brook, Alabama. One driver was able to escape before the car slid into the river during Tuesday’s snow storm and was not injured
The I-75 Chattahoochee River overpass near downtown Atlanta was littered with abandoned cars on Wednesday after a winter snow storm slammed the city with just over 2 inches of snow on TuesdayThe I-75 Chattahoochee River overpass near downtown Atlanta was littered with abandoned cars on Wednesday after a winter snow storm slammed the city with just over 2 inches of snow on Tuesday
Temperatures crept up across the South today after dropping into the teens overnight on Wednesday

Temperatures crept up across the South today after dropping into the teens overnight on Wednesday

Teachers and parents questioned why classes went ahead on Tuesday if government officials received the adverse weather warning in the early hours.

At Atlanta’s Deerwood Elementary School, librarian Brian Ashley, a dozen of his colleagues and 35 children spent the night on cots set up in the gym.

The teachers and other staff members opened up the pantry in the cafeteria, making pizza and chicken nuggets accompanied by carrots and apples for dinner. Later, some police officers dropped off sandwiches, and parents living nearby brought food.

‘The kids slept peacefully through the night,’ Ashley said. ‘They knew that there were people around them that cared about them.’

However, Ashley said he was surprised officials allowed the schools to open Tuesday in the first place.

‘They were forewarned about the weather, and they were ill-prepared,’ he said. ‘If schools were canceled yesterday, we would not have had the catastrophe we did last night and today.’

The National Weather Service explicitly cautioned on Monday that snow-covered roads ‘will make travel difficult or impossible’. The agency issued a winter storm warning for metro Atlanta early on Tuesday and cautioned against driving.

Its website warned of possible ‘widespread ice accumulations’ across the South as early as Saturday – ‘expanding into the Southeast U.S. Tuesday into Wednesday’. This is what happened across the state and much of the South.

Furthermore, on Monday the weather service issued an advisory at 3.22 pm – almost 24 hours before the storm struck – that there was the potential ‘for 2 inches of snow and up to a half-inch of sleet from Atlanta to Athens’.

A teacher at E. Rivers Elementary school covers sleeping children in the gymnasium of the school who were forced to stay in the aftermath of a winter storm in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night

A teacher at E. Rivers Elementary school covers sleeping children in the gymnasium of the school who were forced to stay in the aftermath of a winter storm in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night

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Pope Francis to Notre Dame: do not let the moral teaching and the freedom of the Church be diluted

Pope Francis to Notre Dame: do not let the moral teaching and the freedom of the Church be diluted 

 
In my recent Apostolic Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, I stressed the missionary dimension of Christian discipleship, which needs to be evident in the lives of individuals and in the workings of each of the Church’s institutions. This commitment to “missionary discipleship” ought to be reflected in a special way in Catholic universities (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 132-134), which by their very nature are committed to demonstrating the harmony of faith and reason and the relevance of the Christian message for a full and authentically human life.Essential in this regard is the uncompromising witness of Catholic universities to the Church’s moral teaching, and the defense of her freedom, precisely in and through her institutions, to uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors. It is my hope that the University of Notre Dame will continue to offer unambiguous testimony to this aspect of its foundational Catholic identity, especially in the face of efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness. And this is important: its identity, as it was intended from the beginning. To defend it, to preserve it and to advance it!
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BIEBER TURNS SELF IN ON EXPECTED CHARGE IN CANADA

Justin Bieber

 Canadian musician Justin Bieber is swarmed by media and police officers as he turns himself into city police for an expected assault charge, in Toronto, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. A police official said the charge has to do with an alleged assault on a limo driver in December. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

 TORONTO (AP) — Justin Bieber has turned himself in to Toronto police for an expected assault charge.

The baby-faced 19-year-old arrived Wednesday evening at a police station to a crush of media and screaming fans.

A police official said the charge has to do with an alleged assault on a limo driver in December. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Toronto police said in late December they were looking into allegations that a member of Bieber’s entourage assaulted a limo driver who was ferrying the Canadian pop star and several others. Police said at the time it was unclear whether Bieber was involved.

A spokesman for Bieber had no comment Wednesday.

Bieber emerged from a black SUV wearing a winter coat and a backwards ball cap before being led through a throng of police and reporters.

Full article here:http://bigstory.ap.org/article/police-official-says-justin-bieber-expected-turn-himself-assault-charge-toronto