The Italian Almanac


The Demon of love

An Italian woman fell for a Catholic exorcist during sessions to drive out a demon and made his life hell after he rejected her. The priest, said to be in his fifties, realised after 'prolonged' bouts of exorcism that his 40-something charge was looking for more than relief from the devil.

When he refused to see her again she sent him ''indecent and dangerous'' love letters and ''threw fits'' outside his door, sparking protests from his neighbours. The exasperated cleric finally reported her to the police when she set fire to his doorbell.