Since 2007, a man in Milan has claimed that his wife has been afflicted with demonic possession. Although medical experts claim she is physically and mentally healthy, her frightening behavior has caused their marriage to come to an end.
She has been seen lifting--with one hand--a church pew and throwing it at the alter. Parishioners have also witnessed her levitating for seconds at a time, with her body then crashing to the floor. Her demonic behavior was also witnessed by a priest and a Capuchin monk, who both claimed she was a devout Catholic. The behavior was so extreme, that several exorcisms have been performed--with all of them failing.
The couple, who have two children, have received a no-fault divorce since the judge could not rule that her behavior could be explained by doctors or psychiatrists.
Prior to 1970, there was no such thing as divorce in this Catholic country. Current law requires only one year of official separation before couples can begin divorce proceedings, or six months in the case of a separation by mutual consent. Previously, couples had to be officially separated for three years.