At least 100 satanic rosaries have been turned over to various Churches in Bohol in the past months and more than 40 of these were surrendered to priests in the town of Loon, said the Diocese of Tagbilaran.
According to the diocese’s chancellor Fr. Algerio Paña, two more of the said rosaries were surrendered last week to the Tagbilaran bishopric’s chief exorcist Fr. Jose Sinforiano Monton.
One of the religious items were reportedly brought from the US while the other was distributed by a still unknown individual in Bohol.
Based on images that have spread online, satanic rosaries often feature a sun with rays, an insignia of the Illuminati, a secret “anti-Church” society, said Paña.
Symbols that mark satanic rosaries are often not immediately noticeable but a closer look at these items would reveal satanic elements on them, he added.
The priest also warned that possession of satanic rosaries invite bad or harmful circumstances as he reiterated his call for the public to immediately turn these items over to the Church.
For his part, Loon Church parish priest Fr. Darwin Anober Gitgano said that he recently led the burning of over 40 satanic rosaries turned over by parishioners.
According to Gitgano, it is likely that there are more Loon residents who are in possession of the supposedly cursed items, and these could have even spread also in other towns.
Most of those who have turned over satanic rosaries bared that the items were in their possession for a long time, even reaching five years, before noticing their odd features, said Gitgano.
The Loon parish priest noted the possibility that these items were being purposely spread to the public by a group.
However, it remained unclear whether its members are based in Bohol, he added.
Last week, the Diocese of Tagbilaran echoed a Novaliches-based exorcist priest’s call for vigilance against the spread of satanic rosaries throughout the country.
Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) chief exorcist Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi said that satanic rosaries were “prayed over” by its makers, consecrating them to evil.
“These were made not only to be simply given away but to deceive Catholics, so that evil spirits will haunt them,” Legaspi was quoted in a report of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines news site, cbcpnews.net. (Allen Doydora)