The Courier-Mail

IT’S EXORCISM 101

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MOSCOW: The Russian Orthodox Church has drawn up a set of regulation­s on the proper way to expel demons, after several deaths were caused by DIY exorcisms.

The church said the document, which is yet to be made public, would provide a “unifying” set of rules for the religious ritual. At least two Russians were killed in 2019 by family members who believed they were possessed by evil spirits.

A nine-year-old boy died after he was whipped by his father to try to “cast out a demon”, and a mother suffocated her son after he became interested in the occult.

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