A senior Roman Catholic exorcist has said the ritual of ridding people of demonic possession is sometimes too scary for young priests, and remarked that the atrocities carried out by the Islamic State terror group serve as proof that the devil is real.
Father Vincenzo Taraborelli, a 79-year-old priest from Rome who has been performing exorcisms for the past 27 years, told BBC News that he knows there are those who do not believe in evil spirits, but one only needs to look at the state of the world today to become a believer.
"Well, someone who isn't a believer doesn't believe in the devil either," Taraborelli said. "But someone who believes knows that the devil exists, you can read it in the Gospel. Then you only need to see how the world is nowadays. It has never been this bad. These violent acts are not human. So terrible, like IS."