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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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However, our patient leaves the hospital and goes to live at the toby, where he is surrounded by a supportive and encouraging community, takes part in the services of healing and exorcism, and, as Pastor Andrian said, "God heals him.
The focal point of the book is Johann Joseph Gassner (1727-79), a Catholic priest from Austria who performed thousands of exorcisms on people who were afflicted with a variety of maladies.
But here we find no mention of Armando Maggi's Satan's Rhetoric (2001), Gaetano Paxia's The Devil's Scourge (2002), Walter Stephens's Demon Lovers (2002), Nancy Caciola's Discerning Spirits (2003), Stephanie Moss and Kaara Peterson's Disease, Diagnosis, and Cure on the Early Modern Stage (2004), Erik Midelfort's Exorcism and Enlightenment (2005), or Robert Lima's Stages of Evil: Occultism in Western Theater and Drama (2005).
However, the Vatican in 1999 released revised exorcism procedures, believing the danger is real and current.
Here's another: "I am writing to congratulate you on the superb exorcism you conducted at my betting shop," writes Shop Manager of London.
conducts a thorough review of exorcism and deliverance ministries in charismatic, evangelical, and Catholic circles.
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Every culture, every religion, has practiced exorcism," priest Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) can be heard telling Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) on the trailer.
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