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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 Warriors went some way towards exorcising the demons of last week's Millennium misery with a 106-8 victory over the Cumbrians - inspired by five-try teenager Sam Tomkins on debut - to set up the mouth-watering clash at Headingley.
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Apparently this ritual is quite normal and is performed in 90 per cent of Romanian monasteries as a way of exorcising evil spirits.