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was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and a full-time exorcist. He also taught Sacred Scripture and moral theology. He produced a book entitled Il Mistero di Maria
, about the Virgin Mary.
He was born in Bagnolo di Santa Fiora, Province of Grosseto
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, Tuscany. For thirty-six years Fr. Amantini, a Passionist
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stationed at the church of the Holy Staircase, was the chief exorcist of Rome. He would often see 60 to 80 people a day. Padre Pio
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said of him: "Father Candido is a priest after God's heart."
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became his apprentice, in June 1986, and then eventually took over his position. After a painful illness, he died in Rome on the Feast of Saint Candido, his patron saint.