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Vampires, the devil's deceit and mental illness are among the hot topics for some 300 exorcists who flocked to Poland this week from as far away as Africa and India for a week-long congress.

Held at Poland's Roman Catholic Jasna Gora monastery, home to the venerated Black Madonna icon, this year's congress "examines the current fashion for vampirism in Europe and the world-over, schizophrenia and other mental disorders as well as the devil's deceit during exorcism," according to the monastery's radio station.

Also attending are "priests and lay people who work with exorcists or who are themselves practitioners in cases which do not involve possession but rather other forms of harassment by evil spirits," Polish exorcist, Father Andrzej Grefkowicz was quoted as saying.

Hailing from India, world-renowned exorcist Father Rufus Pereira as well as chief exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna Larry Hogan are among the participants, the radio reported. The unusual meeting is held once every two years.

The Jasna Gora monastery's venerated Black Madonna icon is believed by many Poles to work miracles.

Legend has it that it was painted by the apostle Saint Luke on a table top from the home of the Holy Family, according to the Jasna Gora website. Records suggest the icon arrived in Poland during the 14th century.

With around 90 percent of the population declaring themselves Roman Catholic, Poland remains one of Europe's most devout countries.

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max49

Jul 15 @ 3:41PM  
I'm gonna rush on over there and get me some...........more of that there mental illness. Let us pray.
StraddleMyNose

Jul 15 @ 3:49PM  
I'm gonna rush on over there and get me some...........more of that there mental illness.
40DWM

Jul 15 @ 4:27PM  
These just out......

Well, it's more sane than the three brothers in Alberta, Minnesota who allegedly killed their mother on Christmas because she wanted to play Yahtzee and they didn't.

Or the nutburger that just married Dominick Maldonado, the Tacoma Mall shooter.

Lady Gaga getting egged in Australia.....Now, that's just funny

Or the latest antics of the TSA gropers.....You know....Roman hands, Russian fingers... Now them folks LUV the elderly.....Can't keep their hands off...
Wordsofwit

Jul 15 @ 4:39PM  
It must be a slow news day


Yeah, it must be. First an obscure actor that nobody has heard of dies. Then a bunch of religious kooks gather at one place that isn't MatchDoctor.

An Oklahoma woman was mistaken for Casey Anthony and attacked.

Gang of ten year olds burglarize ice cream truck
Employee tells Taco Bell, "I quit - fuck you" on the fastfood restaurant's outdoor sign


somnium

Jul 15 @ 7:26PM  
Geezuz... don't these people have better things to do than spend big bucks to travel to far off lands, where some head honcho inevitably says: "we don't have ALL the facts just yet, please come back next month!"


sugarnspice005

Jul 15 @ 10:30PM  
Lady Gaga getting egged in Australia.....Now, that's just funny

I agree!

Strega

Jul 15 @ 10:56PM  
I noticed the exorcists chose not to meet in Romania.

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Exorcists meet in Poland, tackle vampires