It was the first day of school, so some students were understandably nervous. But then again, they were not taking just any course, but one run by a Vatican university to teach aspiring demonologists and exorcists.
“There is no doubt that the devil is intervening more in the life of man these days,” Father Paolo Scarafoni told the students, most of them priests who want to learn how to tackle the demon if they should ever encounter him.
One priest, who asked not to be identified, said he decided to take the course after a “very unsettling experience” while hearing the confession of one young member of his parish.
“Her voice changed, her face was transformed and she started speaking in a language that she did not know,” he said. “I’ve met people who are suffering from this problem and it is not as rare as we might imagine.”