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It is called The Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory but it is not so much a museum as a collection. The small room sits inside the church of the Sacred Holy Heart just along the Tiber River not too far from the Vatican.

The display centralises on the Catholic idea that souls go to purgatory, they are purified of their remaining sins before they can ascent to heaven. To help souls go to heaven quicker the faithful can offer prayer, before the reformation it was a common practise to buy loved ones swifter entry with the good old value of mortal cash.

Amongst the cases you can see the nightcap of a man who discovered asking him to pray for her. Another is from 1789 where there is a hand-print on the nightshirt that Joseph Leleux had, the mark was made by the tortured soul of his mother who appeared to him and reminded him of his duties to go to mass and begged him to change his behaviour and go back to church.

The museum/collection is mentioned on the website Atlas Obscura and a few other sites, they say the collection comes from the French Missionary, Father Jouet. They story is that there was a painting, Our Lady of the Rosary, that caught fire from candles around it. Witnesses said they had seen the face of a man in the altars burning walls, he was convinced that it was a message from a soul buried in the area and that he should build a church there, and make it a place to pay tribute to the souls in purgatory.

Admission is free but they will welcome any donation to the church that you can make. If you have been, or do go, please let me know and share your experiences.

The museum is in the Church of Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, 12 Lungotevere Prati, Rome. Open 7.30-11am and 4.30-7pm.

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Not the kind where you run up and down the stairs until you feel light headed. The genuine practise of banishment of spirits/demons possessions. I won’t go on about the obvious film(s) covering this genre but I will mention that this is something controversial to many people.

Medical studies suggest that the following can be contributing to the delusion/belief that someone is possessed.

  • Automatism, someone acting in a mechanical or involuntary manner.
  • Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, where victims cannot control their language outbreaks or movements.
  • OCD – a need to continue doing what can be seen as irrelevant acts over and over again.
  • Some form of mental disorder (eg schizophrenia)
  • Xonolalia,. where a person begins to speak a language fluently that was previously unknown
  • deep-rooted psychological problems that have not been addressed correctly

“O sacardos Christi, tu scis me esse diabolum. Cur me derogas?” Latin ‘O Priest of Christ, you know that I am the Devil. Why do you keep bothering me?’

As an example one Father states that of 500,000 referred exorcism’s he believed that 84 of them were genuine cases of possession. According to an independent report hey should refer to a doctor and then only aim for a priest as a last resort.

The practise is not something that is exclusively Christian/Catholic and I believe it’s worth noting this. Most of the horrors we see on our screens involving the subject are based on the Catholic rites but there are rites of this nature in Hinduism, Judaism and Islamic texts.

Which brings me nicely on to a small passion I have outside of the blog, anime and cosplay.  With all the serious posting above I’d like to share a trailer for an anime I am currently enjoying.