Catholic priests who offer exorcisms in what they say is a global battle against the devil, witchcraft, and in some instances child sacrifice have reported that even Muslims are coming to them seeking help.
Catholic news source Crux reported Wednesday that the 13th annual course for exorcists is being held in Rome this week, which has revealed some interesting developments.
Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, who heads the “Group for Socio-Religious Research and Information” as part of the gathering, said that sections of the course will look at the dangers of witchcraft in Africa.
“We will deal with the theme of the kidnapping and murder of children for ritual sacrifice, linked to witchcraft, in order to obtain favors for clients,” Ferrari said, calling it a “cruel and inhuman practice.
In a Q&A follow-up, an Indian priest serving in the Islamic-majority city Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, said that “many Muslims come to our place, even highly educated ones.”
“They say, ‘Father, someone has done black magic on me, can you pray over me and remove the devil?'” shared the priest, who wasn’t named.
He asked 89-year-old Cardinal Ernest Simoni how exorcists should respond to such requests from Muslims, pointing out that many of the people coming to them are from Lebanon.
Simoni, an Albanian who faced torture and prison by Communist authorities, answered that exorcism should be offered to everyone, regardless of their religious background.
“The grace of the Holy Spirit will redeem us all,” he said.
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Source: Christian Post