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Exorcism Training Being Offered At The Vatican For The First Time Ever

For the most part, exorcisms are parts of movie plots, books, folklore, and, at minimum, things of the past.  However, according to the Vatican, we still need the…and we need them desperately!  According to Fr Benigno Palilla of Sicily, demonic possessions have tripled in recent years and thus additional exorcism training is required.


Up until now, the Vatican has officially been very hush-hush about demonic possession and exorcisms.  However, that is all about to change. The Catholic church will be holding a training course from April 16th to the 21st at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in the Vatican to train religious leaders in exorcisms and the prayer of liberation, which is often used to combat demonic possession. The course will be offered to meet the need for more exorcists.


Palilla cautions against attempting exorcisms without the proper training. ““A self-taught exorcist certainly will make mistakes. He needs a period of apprenticeship.”

Fr Cesare Truqui

Fr Cesare Truqui, who is a veteran at exorcisms and who will be at the training spoke to the Vatican News:

“The fight against the evil one started at the origin of the world, and is destined to last until the end of the world. But today we are at a stage crucial in history: many Christians no longer believe in [the devil’s] existence, few exorcists are appointed and there are no more young priests willing to learn the doctrine and practice of liberation of souls.”


Whether you believe in demonic possession or not, this change of procedure within the highest realms of the Catholic Church marks a very interesting time in the history of religion, God, and demons.  Keep posted here on for any other news or developments that will surely arise from this unprecedented attack of the church on its spiritual enemies.

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