We also have these five "Fascinating Facts about Exorcism," compiled by UCLA Associate ProfessorDr. Ysamur M. Flores-Peña to close out your Ash Wednesday.
- 42% of Americans believe in possession by the devil.
- There are dozens of references of Jesus exorcising demons in the Gospels.
- Exorcisms can be done on inanimate objects or places as well as on people. These need not be "real exorcisms" but can be "simple exorcisms" (usually thought of as baptizing the infant or "blessing" the house or place).
- By conservative estimates, there are at least five or six hundred evangelical exorcism ministries in operation today, and quite possibly two or three times this many.
- The Catholic Church has at least 10 official exorcists in the US.
The Last Exorcism Part II was released March 1st, 2013 and stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs, Louis Herthum, Muse Watson, Erica Michelle. The film is directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly.