Better the Devil you know: Catholic Church in U.S. gives lessons in how to perform exorcisms
Dozens of Catholic priests in the U.S. have spent the weekend brushing up on their Devil-banishing skills in a bid to boost the number of clergy qualified to carry out exorcisms.
Although the rite - in which the spirit of the Devil is cast out from a possessed victim - is rarely carried out, church leaders have been swamped with requests for exorcisms from worried parishioners. Currently the church has just a handful of priests qualified to investigate thousands of cases.
The real-life exorcist: Colombian priest claims to rid victims of their evil spirits and carries out ten 'exorcisms' every single week
A real-life exorcist claims his services are in such high demand that he performs ten services a week.
These bizarre images show willing participants smeared in dirt and surrounded by fire, limes and eggs, who have sought Brother Hermes' help to be 'healed'.
The priest has been carrying out the 'exorcisms' in Colombia, South America, for the last 25 years and claims the ritual rids people of their evil spirits
‘We're not like normal teenagers': Meet the exorcist schoolgirls who spend their time casting out DEMONS around the world
The five teenage girls might look like they’re in a normal class, eagerly reading their textbooks and answering their teacher’s questions diligently.
But the textbooks are Bibles and the girls all have crosses instead of protractors, as they train to become exorcists - real exorcists who fight demons, curses and evil spells.
‘People do look a bit surprised when I arrive,’ admits graduate exorcist Brynne Larson. ‘When people call for an exorcist, they don’t picture a 16-year-old high school girl.’
The case of Anneliese Michel
(Pictures from The Daily Mail)