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Source : http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/07/02/Vatican-recognizes-exorcists-organization/2611404317891/#ixzz38OcEvc3K
The organization now has 250 members in 30 countries.
Roman Catholic exorcism procedure requires a priest’s consent from his bishop, and examinations by medical specialists to determine if a victim’s medical or psychological issues can be treated by non-religious means. The Church issued a revised guide to exorcism in 1999.
The practice was brought to the attention of the non-Catholic world in 1973 by the film The Exorcist.
“The approval by the Holy See is a joy not only for our association but for the church as a whole. We hope more priests will realize the existence of this dramatic reality, which is often ignored or underestimated. Exorcism benefits people who are suffering, and is doubtless a work of bodily and spiritual mercy,” exorcist Father Francesco Bamonte told L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, Wednesday.