14 Apr '11, 4am

Philippine priest in ancient battle with 'demons'

Philippine priest in ancient battle with 'demons'

Father Jose Francisco Syquia believes he is in the frontline of the battle between good and evil on earth. -- PHOTO: AFP MANILA - A BLOOD-CURDLING scream echoes through the Roman Catholic chapel in Manila as Father Jose Francisco Syquia says a prayer of exorcism over a Satanic cult member believed to be possessed by the devil. 'It's very painful,' the woman cries in an unearthly voice, her body contorting in an attempt to break free from the tight grasp of Father Syquia's assistants. After a few minutes she falls silent, her limp body exhausted. The case is among hundreds documented on video and kept by Father Syquia, who heads the Manila Archdiocese's Office of Exorcism - the only one that exists in the Catholic nation of 94 million people. 'She would have levitated had she not been restrained,' Father Syquia said of the woman in the video, portions of which were shown to...

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