Pope Encourages Exorcists in Their Ministry

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 14, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI greeted a group of exorcists and encouraged them in their ministry.

At the end of today’s general audience, attended by some 20,000 people, the Pope addressed a few words “to the participants in national congress of Italian exorcists and encouraged them to continue in their important ministry at the service of the Church, supported by the solicitous care of their bishops and the incessant prayer of the Christian community.”

Italian exorcists constitute the greater part of the members of the International Association of Exorcists.

Next month will see the start of a course on “Exorcism and Prayer of Deliverance” imparted by the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University together with the Socio-religious Research and Information Group (GRIS) for priests worldwide.

An exorcist is a bishop, or priest designated by a bishop, who by the command of Christ and in the name of God recites a prayer for the deliverance of a person possessed by Satan or under demonic influence.

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