Exorcism is the religious or spiritual practice of purportedly evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area they are believed to have possessed.
We have all heard stories about exorcisms, and most probably seen the Hollywood films about possession. Are they real? Or is it a load of hocus-pocus? Have you ever wondered what happens during an actual Exorcism? Is it just a case of informing the Church that you think some-one is possessed or is there more to it? Is the person possessed or is there a more practical explanation like mental health issues?
We all may think we no what to do in such circumstances but do we really? Have a listen to the below interview with Father Jack Ashcraft, a renowned Catholic Priest and Exorcist with up to 20 exorcisms under his belt. It's an interesting and terrifying listen - where Father Ashcraft has a warning for those who may be susceptible to possession.
In our modern world, exorcism may seem like a quaint throwback to a different age, but is it? If you'd like to find out more about exorcism, there's more about Father Jack's work here.