Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s leading exorcist, called ISIS Satan. ISIS reflects Satan and whatever reflects Satan becomes Satan because like him that thing becomes an adversary (Satan comes from the Hebrew term for adversary).
It is no surprise that ISIS is barbaric, perhaps worse than the Nazis in their barbarity. The Nazis hid what they did, but ISIS is not afraid to show what they do: from mass beheadings, to mass shootings, to throwing people over buildings, to stoning people to death, to burning them alive, to destroying churches and using many others as headquarters, prisons and torture chambers, their actions can come from only one source: the devil. What’s surprising is the West’s lack of response to this issue. Now Boko Haram has sworn allegiance to the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, thus becoming a branch of the Islamic State. In addition there are large factions in Libya, Egypt and other North African countries with even small pockets elsewhere and lone wolf jihadist claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. In particular they hate Christianity because it is the biggest obstacle to their worldwide Islamic domination.
In exorcism a violent response to seeing a crucifix, or any other sacred image for that matter, or being poured with holy water can be a sign of demonic possession. We see how the Islamic State frequently destroys churches and destroys images such as crucifixes as they did with this Chaldean Catholic church and monastery.
On the bottom of the article is a prayer of invocation to Saint Michael the Archangel which Leo XIII added to the Leonine Prayers and was supposed to be said at the close of a Low Mass. Today it is part of the rite of exorcism which Fr. Gabriele knows well.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, o prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.