The Vatican will be holding a training course from April 16th to the 21st at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome to train religious leaders in exorcisms and the prayer of liberation, which is often used to combat demonic possession. The course will be offered to meet the need for more exorcists.
Both The Guardian and The Telegraph cite an Italian article in Vatican News as the source for the event, and the perspective of some of the event’s guest speakers. The Guardian reports that Fr Benigno Palilla, an exorcist from Sicily, reports that cases of demonic possession have recently tripled on the island. Fr Cesare Truqui, who will be speaking at the event, had this to say to Vatican News: