Real possession by devil not that common, exorcists say during lesson

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) — The devil is real and can possess people, but it does not happen as often as many people think, said two Italian exorcists.

When a person who thinks he or she is possessed approaches a priest looking for help, they said, the priest must know enough about possession to know whether a simple prayer is called for or whether he needs to refer the person to a psychologist or to the diocesan exorcist.

To prepare priests and future priests to help people in those situations, Rome’s Regina Apostolorum university — run by the Legionaries of Christ — inaugurated a course on Satanism and exorcism Feb. 17, 2005. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THE STORY

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