A Roman Catholic priest who has been performing exorcisms since 1952 has revealed how exorcists can tell the difference between a person who is demonically possessed and one who is struggling with mental illness. Father Cipriano de Meo explained in an interview with Italian agency ACI Stampa that an exorcist usually says a “prolonged prayer to the point where if the adversary is present, there’s a reaction.” “A possessed person has various general attitudes toward an exorcist,

who is seen by the Adversary as an enemy ready to fight him,” de Meo said. He said that offenses against God and the Virgin Mary are common signs that someone may be possessed. “There’s no lack of frightening facial expressions, threatening words or gestures and other things,” he added, “but especially blasphemies against God and Our Lady.” READ MORE