It’s a terrifying, but fascinating ritual.
A man who many believe is blessed with special powers, direct from God, battling face to face with a demon he says has taken over this woman's body, and is trying to kill her.
The ability to fight face to face, with the devil. But Hollywood's version of “The Exorcist” has nothing on this. Because these are not actors. They're real villagers, and farmers. Even their young children. Families willing to spend an entire month's salary. In the hope they'll be saved by one of South America's most sought after spiritual leaders.
They call him El Exorcista -- the Exorcist.
To meet Br. Hermes Cifuente, ABC News “Nightline” traveled deep into the Andes Mountains of Western Colombia. He describes a woman who came to him, cursed to be like a frog.
“She had warts all over her body and her tongue became thinner,” Br. Hermes explains through a translator.
He claims he was able to cure her. But local Catholic leaders say it's all an act. They disapprove of the work he does here. But is it really that far-fetched?
After all, many believe a video shows Pope Francis himself performing an exorcism on a wheelchair-bound man. It happened earlier this year in Rome. Pope Francis holds his hands on the man's head -- for 15 seconds -- while the man shakes and makes strange sounds. The Vatican downplayed the incident -- but many believers say there's no doubt in what they saw.
Claudia's come to Br. Hermes seeking a cure from what you might call a messy divorce. She claims her ex-husband had a curse put on her, so she'd never love another man.
But Olga says her troubles are far more serious, a curse that she be killed.
“As soon as I start the ritual, you will see that some people will begin transforming,” says Br. Hermes. “Their demons will begin speaking.”
He sprays water to “liberate your body and soul…”
Then a warning that we should all move back. Olga's demon is putting up a fight.
Br. Hermes says: “Speak to me clearly in the name of God! Who are you? Who are you in the name of God? Who are you?”
The demon replies, “Nancy.”
As he counts down, Olga becomes agitated. It's an intense confrontation, lasting more than 20 minutes.
At its end, Olga says she is well now, with “no more evil spirit.”
But there's still work to be done on Claudia. And that witch's spell keeping her from finding new love. When her exorcism is complete, Claudia says she “felt a relief in my chest.”
And whether you think he's a man of God -- or just another sly huckster -- there's no denying his impact on the people who come here. Or their belief that this simple man can change their lives.
Br. Hermes shares a secret of his own. He loves that movie – “The Exorcist.” He's been fascinated by it ever since he was a little boy. And says he will produce the next remake.