Fr. Gabriel Amorth, Rome's chief exorcist, has died at the age of 91. Ordained in 1951, Amorth performed an estimated 70,000 exorcisms and has been attributed with revitalizing the ministry of deliverance throughout the world.
According to Spanish theologian, Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea, “His strong, vigorous voice spoke to millions of people about the action of the devil. He alone, one person, managed to revitalize the ministry in one country and then his influence reached everywhere in the Church."
Amorth was explicit in his belief that the devil was active in politics and even the Vatican itself. He was also convinced that a culture which had turned away from God would soon be "admonished" by Him:
“We have forgotten God! Therefore, God will soon admonish humanity in a very powerful manner, He knows how to remind us of His presence.”
As well as fighting evil in the spiritual sphere, Amorth was no stranger to fighting it in the temporal. He was awarded the Medal of Liberation for his service against the Nazis as a partisan in World War Two.
May he rest in peace,