And finally… devil of a job

A dramatic rise in demand for exorcisms has prompted a Catholic priest to set up exorcism “training courses”, Vatican Radio reports.

Benigno Palila, a trained exorcist from Sicily, attributed the growing demand to the increasing popularity of fortune tellers and Tarot readers — whose practices “open the door to the devil and to possession”.

However, he also admitted that many cases of possession were actually related to “spiritual” or psychological problems.

Palila recently organised training courses for exorcists in Palermo with the blessing of the Sicilian Bishops’ Conference.

The International Association of Exorcists, which was backed by the Vatican in 2014, has around 400 members, mostly in Italy.

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