Pope officially revives medieval practice of exorcism to fight evil

Let’s not help anyone with a mental illness. Let’s just have a grand old exorcism party and claim an imaginary devil did it.

Unlike his recent predecessors, Pope Francis has a strong focus on the personification of the Devil. Satan is regularly mentioned in speeches and presentations.

He was quite clear about the personification of evil in one of his opening speeches as Pope: “Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the Devil,” he declared.

How about we not pray to imaginary beings to begin with?

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