A CATHOLIC Bishop will drop holy water from a helicopter over a city plagued with violence in a “mass exorcism”.
Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, the bishop of Buenaventura, Colombia, will first say a prayer to “drive the devil out” this weekend.
He announced his plans after a 10-year-old girl was tortured and murdered.
Monsignor Montoya now hopes to “restore the peace and tranquillity” that has been lost because of crimes including corruption and drug trafficking.
He told the local radio station: “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura, from the air, and pour holy water on to it to see if we exorcise and get out all those demons that are destroying our port, so that God’s blessing comes and gets rid of all the wickedness that is in our streets.”
Colombia’s army reportedly offered the bishop a helicopter for the mass exorcism during the feast day of Buenaventura’s patron saint.
Powerful groups in the area abuse their victims before dumping their bodies in the sea.
A local Catholic church even cited eyewitness accounts which contained gruesome details of “chop-up houses” where they slaughter victims.
Although there has been an improvement in crime levels this year, homicides have increased, prompting a “pastoral emergency”.
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Human Rights Watch named South America’s largest Pacific seaport as the country’s most violent place in 2014.
The group said the area was “dominated by powerful criminal groups that commit widespread abuses, including abducting and dismembering people, sometimes while still alive, then dumping them in the sea.”
A version of this story originally appeared on Fox News.
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