Manila archdiocese to build Asia’s first center for exorcism

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) --- The construction of the first center for exorcism in Asia has begun and will be known as the Saint Michael Center for Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism.

According to the Archdiocese of Manila Center for Exorcism, the groundbreaking of the project was held on May 17 at Guadalupe Viejo in Makati City.

“A product of more than 7 years of prayers, planning and fundraising, this religious structure will be the first of its kind in Asia, if not the world,” the archdiocese said in a statement on Monday.

Once the construction is finished, the center will house the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena, the Ministry of Exorcism Office, the Ministry on Visions and Phenomena Office, and will serve as the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists (PACE), it also said.

PACE is directly under the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and affiliated with the International Association of Exorcists based in Italy.

“This Center will minister to those in bondage to the devil who are therefore the poorest of the poor and are usually overlooked,” said Rev. Fr. Francisco Syquia, director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism.

In Catholic church, Pope Leo XIII made an exorcism prayer to St. Michael.