More than 200 teachers in Italian state schools have signed up for exorcism classes as part of a continuing education program to help them be equipped with the necessary tools to battle the devil in its many disguises, from cults to drugs.
The teachers will not be equipped to perform the exorcisms per se. But they will be trained to intercede with the Vatican’s “prayers of liberation” used by lay people when fighting the devil.
The intensive 40-hour course offered by Italy’s education ministry is designed especially for religion teachers. It is sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical University of Regina Apostolorum