The country where exorcisms are on the rise

By Vladimir Hernandez for BBC Mundo 25 November 2013

Does God exist? Does the Devil exist? The Catholic church believes they both do – and some priests say they are currently having an immense battle in Mexico.

To some it may seem extraordinary, but priests say the country is under attack by Satan, and that more exorcists are needed to fight him.

This attack, they say, is showing itself in the gruesome drug-related violence, including human sacrifice, that has engulfed the country since 2006.

According to the latest official figures available, at least 70,000 people have died in this period, including gunmen, members of the security forces, and many innocent civilians.

But, the priests say, it’s not just the numbers. The savagery also stands out. Continue reading