Archbishop Erio Castellucci has a response to those who think the devil is not real: “they’re mistaken.”
“All you have to do is witness an exorcism to understand that evil is a specific entity, as well as a reality,” he told the Italian daily Il Resto del Carlino.
The Archbishop of Modena-Nonantola had seen possessed persons throughout his life, but he had never witness ed an exorcism. Then one of the two priest exorcists in his archdiocese called him. The priest had a “difficult case.”
The exorcist visited the archbishop and invited him to witness the rite.
“‘Come,’ he said to me, ‘because this man has been possessed for a long time, he comes to me once a week and your presence, as a bishop, may have an influence’,” the archbishop recounted.
Archbishop Castellucci said he understood the urgency of the case when he saw how the possessed person reacted to the exorcism.
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