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exorcism

Paranormal
A ritual intended to terminate the presence or trespassing of a non-material entity or spirit in a place (a “haunting”) or a person (a “possession”). Exorcisms are performed by command or persuasion, through rituals, special prayers or symbolism, in the Roman Catholic Church by a priest with authorisation from the ordinary or other higher authority.
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The session designated for bishops only (in italics), on the second afternoon of the two-day conference, will present and discuss "matters of special interest to bishops related to the phenomenon of evil and the use of the rite of exorcism.
This tragic case has been docuhouse, mented in two films: Requiem and the Exorcism of Emily Rose.
He told the newspaper: "Whether you think exorcism is taking advantage of the vulnerable, a form of therapy or a genuine miracle, it seems to have at least a short-term effect on some people - and after spending six months with the girls I don't think they're frauds.
Warren, a mixture of Jimmy Buffett and Jimmy Swaggart, Tom Selleck and Thomas Aquinas, with a touch of Father Guido Sarducci for good measure, is not quick to put a vessel through the ordeal of exorcism.
I did the exorcism in one or two different places and I felt a very strong evil presence.
The tragic death of Anneliese Michel has done nothing to prevent a rising tide of exorcisms worldwide.
CHURCH leaders angrily condemned Channel 4 last night over plans to broadcast a live exorcism.
He said: 'One day I walked down a street in Splott to carry out an exorcism.
But scientists now think there was nothing supernatural about the case, and that the exorcism caused his fits, rather than prevented them.
Its story began as a book proposal by Matt Baglio, a reporter living in Rome who in 2007 visited an exorcism school set up in the Vatican.
In general, exorcisms are associated with these turning-point moments when the church [feels] challenged in some way and tries to centralize power and clarify the delegation of authority from God down through the hierarchy," Caciola says.