News Pope Francis appears to have been captured on video performing an exorcism in St Peter’s Square

The diocese in Italy is training priests to meet increasing demand for exorcisms

DVD: I Saw The Devil (18)

I Saw the Devil is a revenge thriller in extremis. It follows a secret agent (Kim Soo-hyeon) as he plots an elaborate and brutally violent reprisal for the serial killer who murdered his pregnant girlfriend.

Album: Cath and Phil Tyler, Dumb Supper (MIE)

Since its original 2008 limited release on tiny independent No-Fi, Dumb Supper has justly acquired a reputation as a touchstone of trad-folk authenticity, its songs culled from friends and family and The Sacred Harp, the 19th-century hymnbook whose songs Cath Tyler is an expert at setting for four-part harmonies.

Kenneth Grant: Writer and occultist who championed Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare

When Aleister Crowley died in 1947 Kenneth Grant became heir apparent of the esoteric magical order Ordo Templis Orientis (OTO). Alongside his artist wife Steffi, Grant was one of few to attend Crowley's funeral service, becoming the last living link with "the Beast", whose work he championed, nurtured and refined for over six decades. From his New Isis Lodge, established in London in 1955, through to his final organisational vehicle, the Typhonian Order, Grant's occult credentials are without parallel.

Album: Gregg Allman, Low Country Blues (Rounder)

Recorded shortly before he underwent a liver transplant last summer, the T-Bone Burnett-produced Low Country Blues is Gruntin' Gregg Allman's first album in 14 years, and it's the best work he's done since the Allman Brothers' Seventies heyday.

Campaign funds and broomsticks haunt darling of the Tea Party

They wanted unorthodox, and Republican voters in Delaware surely got it in their newly anointed candidate for the US Senate, Christine O'Donnell.

McCourt's wizardry staggers Inverness

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Bulger killer returned to jail amid fears of a witch-hunt

Jon Venables's release from prison and subsequent return have caused probation chiefs to warn of a witch-hunt.

Album: Moulettes, Moulettes (Balling the Jack)

Moulettes are an oddity even among the diverse ranks of the new folk boom, with the constant presence of Ruth Skipper's bassoon giving their sound a little of the flavour of 1970s early-music chamber-folkies Gryphon.

Album: Various Artists, Palenque Palenque! Champeta Criolla etc (Soundway)

These intense in-yourface floor-fillers defy all the laws of musical appreciation by being simultaneously mindnumbingly repetitive and peculiarly involving.

David Prosser: Keep up the good work on Equitable redress

Outlook So far, so good for victims of the Equitable Life scandal. The Government has kept its word, with the Queen's Speech yesterday promising a Bill to give the Treasury powers to pay compensation to those who lost money when the insurer almost collapsed a decade ago. That is going much further than the previous administration – even after a string of legal rulings against it and a damning report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman – which never managed to offer anything more than the most cursory of compensation schemes.

Album: Meshell Ndegeocello, Devil's Halo (Downtown)

An eighth album by the bassist-songwriter you just can't categorise.

Album: Mama Rosin, Bruie Lentement (Voodoo Rhythm)

Forget questions of authenticity and credibility, this Swiss Cajun/zydeco trio make a thrillingly souped-up racket with the standard Cajun weaponry of guitar, banjo, melodeon and rub board.

Witchcraft beat me, says Romanian politician

Was a top contender for the Romanian presidency zapped out of the race by a shadowy parapsychologist enlisted by his rival? The claim might be dismissed as preposterous in most other EU countries. But here, in the homeland of Dracula, Mircea Geoana's assertion that a "negative energy attack" led to his narrow loss to re-elected President Traian Basescu has been the talk of the nation.

Inquiry into rapist's death blaze 'should not be a witch hunt'

A public inquiry into how a convicted sex offender was able to kill himself and his family in a deliberate house fire should not become a witch hunt, social workers warned today.

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