A priest was taken by helicopter to the skies about the Italian resort town of Castellammare di Stabia last month, after a seemingly unstoppable crime wave among locals left local religious bosses with no alternative but to perform a remote exorcism from above.
The exorcism was performed in response to a wave of weird semi-religious crimes breaking out in the town, including the desecration of graves, vandalism of churches and cases of statues of the virgin Mary being thrown off the cliffs. A local prayer group somehow came up with enough money to hire the chopper and get the priest onboard, explaining: "If Satan exists, he has taken control of Castellammare di Stabia. There was nothing left but to try the exorcist."
It's a bit of a worry (or perhaps a reassurance) that exorcisms can be performed at such a distance and without the knowledge of those being exorcised. Perhaps we could fund a few Easyjet flights for the unnamed priest, to allow him to cleanse vast swathes of the UK from the influences of the unclean? Or perhaps religion doesn't work that way. I'm not sure. Never went to church much. [Catholic News Agency]