The Catholic Church in Australia is training hundred of priests as exorcists to meet a growing demand for the religious ritual, The Sunday Mail reported.

"We are not very plentiful and certainly need more of us to cope with the big occult following that is emerging today," a priest based in Brisbane, who is the only one permitted to do the exorcisms in the state, told the newspaper.

Religious leaders say a growing interest in Satanism has led to the need for exorcists.

"Too many bishops are not taking this seriously and are not delegating their priests in the fight against the devil," Father Gabriele Amorth, the Pope's exorcist-in-chief, told the newspaper. "You have to hunt high and low for a proper, trained exorcist."

An exorcism involves holy water, sacrament and Bible reading and can go on for many hours.

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