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Exorcism conference underway in Rome

'Pope Francis knows demons exist in the 21st century'

Exorcism conference underway in Rome

Vatican City, May 7 - Catholic prelates from 33 countries are in Italy for the ninth annual conference on exorcism. 'Exorcism and Prayer for Liberation' is on through May 10 and is expected to draw 200 participants from countries as far afield as Australia and South Korea. Events are spread between Rome and Bologna. "It's devoted mostly to priests who are the first to learn the ministry of exorcism, but not only to them," said Father Cesare Truqui, an exorcist from the Legionaries of Christ, which is organizing the conference together with Catholic organization GRIS. "A priest is usually side by side with a group of laypeople who help," he told Vatican Radio. "They can include psychologists, psychiatrists or doctors, but also regular people like professionals and housekeepers, even during preliminary consultations to see if it's indeed a case of possession or not". "Exploring the theme of demonic possession does not mean causing general paranoia, but to creating awareness of the existence of the devil and of the possibility of possession...You can fight it with God, with prayer, with Marian devotion". Truqui noted that Pope Francis in his April 11 homily admonished the faithful to "learn to fight the devil...who exists even in the 21st century". "The pope reminds us," added the exorcist, "that speaking of demons doesn't mean creating a new theology outside the Gospels, but rather staying within Jesus Christ's teachings". Last May, many wondered if Francis had performed what appeared to be an exorcism in St Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, after the pontiff placed his hands on a man's head and recited a prayer. The Vatican denied the pope "intended to perform an exorcism".

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  • markhgordon

    11 Maggio 2014 - 14:02

    I did a quick search of New Mexico for exorcisms. You have a Bishop there who does authorize exorcisms. Yet you claim there is no one willing to believe. Please see this YouTube video of the Bishop speaking of how many he's authorized: Not sure what, exactly, you're speaking of. And why are you doing a modified form of the Roman Ritual? I'm curious about whether you're seeing the forest through the trees. Please respond back to me. Thank you


  • badon518

    11 Maggio 2014 - 06:06

    It is good to know that the new Holy Father has renewed the fight against Satan, but here in the USA the situation is much different. I am a non-practicing Catholic, but still retain most of my beliefs and have had for all my life the gift of discerning demonic possession. About six years ago, when God sent the first case of possession to me, I appealed to the Church here in New Mexico but no help was forthcoming. Because of this, after much prayer and reflection, I joined with a dozen other deeply spiritual and concerned persons s to practice deliverance upon various persons afflicted by the devil. Because we could get no help from the Church, we ultimately conducted 25 exorcisms over a period of several years. None of us were at all eager to do this, but all felt we had no choice. Using a modified form of Roman Ritual, plus holy water from our church, we were ultimately successful in freeing souls from the grip of Satan. All have felt called by Christ, but are left to act alone.


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