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A Priest in Mexico Who Performed 6,000 Exorcisms Says the Devil Fears Him

Jardine Malado - The Christian Times
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January 23, 2017

VICE travels to Mexico City to explore the rapidly growing Santa Muerte cult and the increasing rate at which exorcisms are being performed by religious leaders throughout the country. (VICE)

An 80-year-old Mexican priest, who has conducted at least 6,000 exorcisms in his 40 years of service, has claimed that the devil is afraid of him.

In an interview with Catholic News Agency, Fr. Francisco Lopez Sedano shared some of the things he learned working as an exorcist. He belongs to the order of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, and he is the national coordinator emeritus of exorcism for the Archdiocese of Mexico.

Lopez, who currently serves at the Parish of the Holy Cross in Mexico City, emphasized that the devil is not a thing but a person who wants to separate people from God. He pointed out that Jesus confronted the devil several times and spoke with him.

He also said that the devil is able to enter into persons because they allow him to do so.

"He can't enter us if we do not open doors," said Lopez. "Because of this, God prohibits the practice of magic, superstition, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, consulting the dead and spirits and astrology. These are the seven lands of lies and deceit," he added.

Lopez had learned through his years of experience that possessed people exhibit specific behaviors. He noted that he had observed possessed people who "began to shout, to bark like a dog, to scream or writhe and who squirmed like a snake on the ground. There are a thousand forms."

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