A Polish faith healer has just performed the last in a series of mass seances which, he claims, have involved audiences of two million people.
GV PAN Crowd assembles in stadium at Przemysl
SV/CU Disabled people, on stretcher and on foot, arriving (2 shots)
SCU PAN Stanislaw Nardelli (left, brown jacket) mounts stage and waves to crowd
SV/CUs Invalids (6 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Nardelli praying in front of two supplicants
SV Invalid listening from prone position in back of car
SV/CUs Nardelli joining hand with supplicants (4 shots)
SV/CU/GV Crowd watches as Nardelli continues healing (3 shots)
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Background: A Polish faith healer has just performed the last in a series of mass seances which, he claims, have involved audiences of two million people. The event was held in a stadium at Przemysl, a town near the Russian border. An estimated thirty thousand people -- many of them disabled and hoping for a cure -- arrived to take part in the seance. The man who they had come to see was Stanislaw Nardelli, said to have cured many patients of seemingly incurable diseases. He discovered by accident the power of bioenergotherapy -- the ability to heal by the transfer of energy. It happened when he touched a woman's badly injured hand which apparently healed within hours. Since then he has carried out four hundred group healing sessions, events which the country's health service has treated with sceptical tolerance. During the ceremony Nardelli supposedly transfer his healing energy or organising a chain of people holding hands. Afterwards dozens of people claim a substantial improvement in their condition, but is not known if the recovery is permanent. there is a collection at the events. Nardelli is said to had over all the proceeds to aid welfare and environmental work. The seance at Przemysl is to be the last that Nardelli, 54, will perform, as he is suffering from exhaustion and has been advised to retire. His work will continue, however, on a smaller scale. He says he is to devote himself to caring for hospital patients, many of them in intensive care wards. he would also like closer cooperation with conventional medicine, and in an attempt to convey his methods to more people a series of books is to be published soon. In the meantime it is unlikely that the work of Nardelli and several other faith healers like him in Poland will gain much credence in official medical circles.