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Exorcists Wanted: Madrid's Catholic Church Says It Needs More Trained Priests

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Don Aldo Buonaiuto holds the necessary for his exorcisms on January 12, 2012 in Rome, Italy. Father Aldo Bonaiuto, one of the Vatican's team of anti-occult priest, holds lessons of exorcism at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Atheneum in Rome. The course is meant as a help to deepen in the reality of the ministry of exorcism in its theoretical and practical implications, and as a help for bishops in the preparation of priests who may be called to this ministry. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Im | Getty Images

MADRID -- The Catholic archdiocese in Madrid says it needs more exorcists to help some of its faithful cope with the devil.

An archdiocese spokeswoman said Friday that Madrid only has one exorcist priest and that it is considering a plan to train more. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with archdiocese policy.

"The devil exists. That's a fact," she told The Associated Press.

Only a priest authorized by a bishop can perform an exorcism and the brief rite involves blessings with holy water, prayers and an interrogation of the devil by the exorcist during which the demon is asked to leave the victim.

ReligionenLibertad, a Catholic website, blames the growing secularization of Spanish society for what it calls an increase in people asking for help with their demons.

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