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A leading exorcist in the US has slammed people who have tattooed themselves with images of the devil as “incredibly stupid”, amid Halloween weekend.

A qualified psychiatrist, Monsignor Stephen Rossetti has also been an appointed diocesan exorcist for more than 12 years.

He has shared stories of "possessed" victims waking up with “huge claw marks” on their back, as well as claiming that demons are now able to taunt exorcists by sending them text messages.

Now, in a book titled, ‘Diary of an American Exorcist – Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil', published this year, he has detailed some of his day-to-day experiences.

Daily Star spoke to Stephen about his stories, and asked him to elaborate on an instance when a young man claimed to be possessed after having the likeness of a demon tattooed on his arm.

The monsignor suggested that instances of demonic possession occurring through tattooing are common, responding: “I’ve had more than one. They come to us.”

Stephen then showed Daily Star an image of the tattoo involved in the case, saying: “That’s Aka Manah, it’s a demon.

“And he and his little cult friends were all into this cult of Aka Manah, and had a lot of occult knowledge about people they were attacking, including one of my clients. And it was very evil.”

Aka Manah is said to be a demon of sensual desire, founded in Zoroastrian mythology.

Often pictured with the likeness of a ram's skull and horns, some claim the demon to be the true son of Satan, regarding him as the most violent evil spirit ever born.

By way of comparison, Stephen made reference to another case, when a client had allegedly found herself branded with an upside down cross.

“Essentially, Satan is claiming this person by this upside down cross,” Stephen continued.

“What the people do when they put demons on their arm, they’re basically saying, ‘I’m a cow’, in terms of this guy is a pastor, ‘I basically belong to this demon’.

“So it’s incredibly stupid. You’re basically saying ‘I belong to the dark world and to these demons’.”

As with any supposedly possessed individual, the monsignor did acknowledge that there were ways of treating a case arising from a tattoo, pointing to his diocese' app, ‘Catholic Exorcism’.

He said: “On our app you’ll see a prayer to decommission tattoos, so we’ll use that prayer, which has a powerful effect, and then of course we have to go through all the exorcism rituals.

“But once you have bonded yourself to Satan, this is going to be a fight. Don’t think that I’m just going to wave my hands and it’s going to be over. We’ve spent months with people like this.”

Clarifying how long an exorcism of an afflicted individual tends to go on for, Stephen suggested: “A case of full possession, we’re talking six months or two years typically.”

And, amid spooky season, Stephen warned people against performing their own occult practices, for instance using ouija boards and witchcraft.

“We can’t keep up with the new cases, all the exorcists I know say the same thing, they can’t keep up with the people coming at them," he added.

“Every day I get these desperate emails, same old story, ‘we were practising witchcraft, my parents were into the occult, and now we have all these problems’.

“We just can’t pray for that many people, we don’t have the time.”

Stephen Rossetti's book, 'Diary of an American Exorcist – Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil', is available to purchase now.

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