“Pope Urges Exorcists To Keep Up Good Work”

From: NBC5.com.
File under: “You can’t make this stuff up.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has singled out a particular group of priests for greetings at his public audience — Italian exorcists holding their national convention. The pope encouraged the exorcists to continue what he called their “important ministry in the service of the church.”

Italy has about 400 exorcists.

In 1999, when the Vatican issued its first new guidelines in centuries for casting out demons, it urged priests to take modern psychiatry into account in deciding who should be exorcised.

The Roman Catholic Church as well as Italian authorities have been worried about fascination with Satanism and reports of ritual killings. Next month, a Vatican-recognized university is offering a follow-up course to an introductory one on exorcism given earlier this year.

1 Comment so far

  1. Richard (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 2:16 pm

    Where to start with this one? Humanity and it’s need to believe in things greater (or other) than it’s self have not yet ceased to astound me.

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