A priest poses for a picture next to a banner advertising a course for aspiring exorcists in Rome, Italy April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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About 200 aspiring exorcists gathered Monday for a weeklong course in casting out demons – including by cellphone if necessary – amid increased demand for the service among Roman Catholics.Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania drew strong interest in the first session by citing the use of cellphones in exorcisms.Father Benigno Palilla, an exorcist for the diocese of Palermo, told Vatican Radio in February that he had performed about 50 exorcisms in the past 2 1/2 years.Simoni, the Albanian cardinal, said exorcisms should only be attempted after doctors are unable to explain the behavior of a person deemed to be demonically possessed.
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