Vatican Chief Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Interview

CNN interviews the Vatican's chief exorcist who believes that the devil has more space to work due to the growing distance that people have placed between themselves and God. He also says that as the result of three centuries without exorcism in the church, many of today's Priests and Bishops know nothing about the subject and often recommend that the afflicted seek help from a psychiatrist instead.

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