Pope Francis held an interview in which he criticized the idea Satan is a fictional being and instead possessed dark powers that tempt people.
He said: “I’m convinced that one must never converse with Satan – if you do that, you’ll be lost.
“He’s more intelligent than us, and he’ll turn you upside down, he’ll make your head spin.
“He always pretends to be polite – he does it with priests, with bishops. That’s how he enters your mind. But it ends badly if you don’t realise what is happening in time.
Pope Francis added: “We should tell him, ‘go away’.”
The pontiff regularly refers to the devil when addressing followers at the Vatican and regularly hires exorcists to drive out evil spirits. Some experts have criticized the Pope’s claims Satan and the afterlife exist.
The Near Death Experience Research Foundation collected accounts that are astonishing, tales from people who claimed they were brought from the dead.
He said: “I saw paramedics from above assess me. They were panicking because they thought I was dead.
“My spirit then departed and travelled to heaven, or a place where I was told ‘it’s not your time yet, you have to go back and do something important’.
“I begrudgingly returned while in the ambulance and feel a whole body pain like I’ve never felt before.”