An exorcism center for those "spiritually attacked by unclean spirits" is being built in Metro Manila.
The Saint Michael Center for Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism, billed as "the first of its kind in Asia, if not the world”, broke ground on May 17.
The ceremony was presided by Archbishop of Manila Jose F. Cardinal Advincula Jr., alongside Rev. Fr. Francisco Syquia, Director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism (AMOE). “This Center will minister to those in bondage to the devil who are therefore the poorest of the poor and are usually overlooked,” said Fr. Syquia.
Located on Bernardino Street corner EDSA, Guadalupe Viejo in Makati, the Center will house the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Extraordinary Phenomena, the AMOE office and the Ministry on Visions and Phenomena Office. It will also serve as the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists (PACE).
PACE is directly under the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and affiliated with the International Association of Exorcists (IAE) based in Italy.
The Centre is the product of "more than 7 years of prayers, planning and fundraising", said the AMOE in a Facebook post. It will also be a place for "studying and discernment of visions and extraordinary phenomena", said Fr. Winston F. Cabading.
According to its Facebook page, AMOE was established in 2006 in order to address the growing number of cases who need liberation from "extraordinary demonic attacks or bondages".
"This entails a program that encompasses not only diagnostic procedures and the deliverance/exorcism itself, but must also include proper follow-ups and evaluation."
According to The Philippine Star, exorcisms are rarely performed in the modern Catholic Church and always undertaken with the permission of a bishop. Supposedly possessed individuals must be first examined by a medical professional to rule out any mental health issues.
There are over 150 exorcists under the Catholic Church in the Philippines, Chief Exorcist Fr. Syquia said.