>> Avio Maria.>> Around 200 people gathered in Rome on Monday to learn how to carry out exorcisms, a skill that the Catholic church says is increasingly in demand with officials saying the number of demonic possessions is on the rise.>>
> And while holy water and crucifixes may be the traditional tools of an exorcism, participants here heard about a new weapon against the devil, the humble cellphone.
That after one cardinal mentioned in passing that he regularly carries out exorcisms on the phone. Reuters Phil Pullela was there.>> Cardinal Simoni who was 89 and comes from Albania and some of his parishioners live in very remote areas said that he's done it, and he didn't think there was anything wrong about it.
And if he can't get to a possessed person, he will just pick of the phone and cast out the devil via the phone.>> The aspiring exorcists are attending talks and lectures on subjects including witchcraft in Africa, and telling the difference between demonic possession, and mental illness as well as a step-by-step guide to casting out demons.
Most, but not all of the attendees at the week long cost are priests. The Catholic church only allows priests to carry out exorcisms, but lay Catholics can act as auxiliary exorcists. Meaning that they can attend an exorcism to pray and give moral support.