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Sep 10, 2012
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Exorcism in the Andes


By Jaime Saldarriaga

I first learned of exorcist Hermes Cifuentes, better known as “Brother Hermes,” through the local news media. His exorcisms fascinated me, so I decided to find out more. Many people are against what he does, but when I tracked down his phone number and called, he invited me to visit his retreat in La Cumbre, just north of Cali.


Brother Hermes is a very religious man. As we spoke he wore a white tunic and held a crucifix in his hand. His retreat is a farm with a small chapel filled with Catholic icons. The place is very peaceful, with hens, pigeons and rabbits roaming. He tells the people who look to him for help that they shouldn’t believe in him, but rather in the power of God.

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      "Jaime was born in Medellin, and studied photography before his first assignment for the El Mundo newspaper. He went on to work at El Pais in Cali, and was a invited to a World Press Photo workshop in Bogota. He has been contributing to Reuters since 2007, covering the armed conflict and the drug war in Colombia's southwest."
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