Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Throwing Christians to the Lions
By the end of the 19th century, the image of cowering Christians huddled in the arena awaiting their deaths as lions prowled towards them was the defining symbol of Roman religious persecution and the subject of many famous paintings. But was the persecution a consistent imperial policy, and what types of punishments were really inflicted upon Christians?
The Catholic Church is having a
difficult time finding new exorcists.
Older priests who still perform the
rites see up to 30 people a day and
work closely with psychiatrists to
separate mental illness from
possession, but some suggest
younger priests are becoming more
afraid to spend hours in windowless
rooms performing exorcism rites. Source