Smartphones are being used for long distance exorcisms

Smartphones are being used for long distance exorcisms
The smartphone has changed the way people do things. In this day and age, it isn't unusual to see people looking down at the screen in their hands, everywhere. So it might not come as a surprise that wanna-be exorcists are being trained to cast out the devil with the use of connected handsets. Why, it's enough to make Linda Blair's head spin around. A report published today reveals how technology is one of the tools used by 200 aspiring exorcists attending a week-long course on the subject.

Part of the training includes teaching those attending the program how to tell the difference between demonic possession and mental illness. But one of the most popular topics in the first session was the use of smartphones in exorcists. One person familiar with this is Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania, 89-years old. While most people his age stay away from modern technology, Simoni was the one explaining to Reuters how he performs long-distance exorcisms over the phone. "They call me and we speak and that’s how I do it," he said. The Cardinal says that when he has a request to perform an exorcism over the phone, he reads the appropriate prayers in Latin over his handset just as if he were there in person.

Using smartphones to perform exorcists makes sense since the number of requests for exorcisms are on the rise, according to the Catholic Church. Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, who organized the "Course on Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation" at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome, says, "The number of exorcisms has definitely increased over the years, as the requests to carry out exorcisms has increased." But Cardinal Simoni says that exorcisms should only be attempted after doctors can't come up with a medical reason for a person's apparent demonic behavior.

Those attending the exorcism course will receive a certificate, although they won't be able to chase away devils. To perform an official exorcism, one must be a priest and receive permission from their bishop.

source: Reuters



1. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

April fools? Isn't that over?

6. Stormrider

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Was about to say just that.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Now I finally have a chance to get exorcised!

3. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Been in one in real life when my Neighbor got possesed in Mexico no thanks . Didn't believe in all that crap till I saw it in person 4 people trying to strap her down but she threw all 4 guys against the wall that force she had wasn't natural 4 guys couldn't keep her down . Then the bed started levitating. I ran out of there . Because she was screaming but it wasn't her it was something demonic .

5. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I hope this is not one of those silly exorcisms like the dirt devil commercial.

9. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Imma call him up.

10. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

This is a joke. Even better just watch the ones on YouTube & you're free

12. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This stuff is true!! I had an exorcism performed on my car because it was haunted by the ghost of the former owner. But then I forgot to pay the bill and it was repossessed.

13. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

This article's thumbnail really had me.

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