In a recent TV interview, Pope Francis had advice for people who find themselves confronted with Satan: don’t speak to him other than to tell him to leave, and then run away.
The pontiff, who frequently speaks of the battle of good over evil in his homilies, told the Catholic news network TV2000 he is certain Satan is a real person. And, he added, that person is far more cunning than any human being can imagine.
"He is evil, he's not like mist," he said. " He's not a diffuse thing, he is a person. 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 realize what is happening in time. We should tell him, 'Go away.'"
The pontiff, of late, has seemingly been extremely concerned about sin and the temptation of mankind. Just last week, he urged using a different translation of the Lord’s Prayer that doesn’t, in his words, suggest God is responsible for directing us toward sin.