Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Vatican Exorcism Course was Opened to Anglicans, Lutherans, and Pentecostals


From May 6-11, 2019 an Exorcism course was offered at the Vatican in the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, “Auditorium John Paul II”. Via degli Aldobrandeschi.
There has been a rise in reported demonic possessions and devil worship therefore the Roman Catholic Church opened its doors to non-Catholics for the first time during its annual exorcism training conference. This is the 14th year of the Exorcism conference in Rome.

Nearly 250 members of the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox, and Pentecostal churches are attended a week-long intensive course called "Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation,"

“Catholics are by no means the only Christians who have developed methods to help possessed people or to rid a space of evil spirits,” Father Pedro Barrajón, an exorcist from Spain who is in charge of programming at the conference, said, according to the Daily Beast. “This is the first time we have included so many other religious representatives to share how they do this work. We think collaborating will help us create best practices.”

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The course description explains:
The first course in the world on the ministry of the exorcism and prayer of liberation, it is organised in collaboration with the Group for Socio-religious Research and Information (GRIS) of Bologna and proposes an academic and interdisciplinary research on the ministry of exorcism and prayer of liberation. The course covers a wide range of issues: anthropological, phenomenological, social, theological, liturgical, canonical, pastoral, spiritual, medical, neuroscientific, pharmacological, symbolic, criminological, legal and juridical ones.
Bishop Andrea Gemma's  wrote the book, "I, Exorcist Bishop." Bishop Andrea Gemma, exorcist explained a few years ago: "Exorcism in the Catholic Church, the kind I practice that I am nowadays famous for around the world, is an important prayer of the Church to help those who believe to be, or who really are suffering from a diabolic infestation." "Devil's action, as Paul VI already said, is much more common than people may think, so the main task of exorcists, which is supposed to be carried out personally by bishops - in my opinion - or others delegated by the bishop, is of the highest importance,  Pope Benedict recently said during a general audience greeting the exorcists who were gathered in congress."
Course Website: www.uprait.org

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