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Reports Of Demonic Possession Are On The Rise—So The Vatican Is Training More Exorcists

By Evan Brechtel

If you've been suspecting evil is on the rise, you are not alone. In response to an increased demand for exorcisms (nearly triple!) in Italy, the Vatican has introduced a new and improved exorcism training course to better facilitate the nearly 500,000 cases of demonic possession in the country each year. A trained exorcist, Father Benigno Palilla of Sicily, explained to Vatican Radio that the uptick in possessions is due to the evils of tarot cards and fortune tellers, both of which he claims "open the door to the devil and to possession.”  

In addition to the secular activities of fortune telling and tarot cards, Palilla also cited genuine psychological disorders as a culprit, while expressing wariness at the inexperience of newer priests. "A self-taught exorcist certainly meets errors," Palilla warned.

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