Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2022 / 14:11 pm
Actor Russell Crowe will star as the late Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist, in an upcoming movie, “The Pope’s Exorcist.”
Amorth performed an estimated 100,000 exorcisms up until the time of his death at age 91 in 2016. He was perhaps the world’s best-known exorcist as the author of a number of books, including “An Exorcist Tells His Story,” which inspired the upcoming movie. He was also frequently in the news for his comments on the subject of demonic forces.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph in 2000, he said, “I speak with the devil every day. I talk to him in Latin. He answers in Italian. I have been wrestling with him, day in, day out, for 14 years."
Amorth was born in Modena, Italy, on May 1, 1925. He entered the mother house of the Congregation of the Society of St. Paul in August 1947, a few years after meeting the order's founder, Blessed James Alberione. Amorth was ordained a priest on Jan. 24, 1951.