The archbishop of Portland, Oregon performed the Roman Catholic rite of exorcism last weekend. More than 200 people attended the event.
"Mary, your son is the Prince of Peace.Through your intercession, may he bring peace to our cities and our communities, may his peace reign in our hearts," Alexander Sample, the Archbishop of Portland said.
Sample, who has been the city's archbishop since 2013, led a Eucharistic procession and prayed the "Exorcism Against Satan and the Fallen Angels" from the Roman Ritual.
"There is no better time than in the wake of civil unrest and the eve of the elections to come together in prayer, especially here in Portland," Sample said before the event. "The Catholic Church takes the promotion of unity, and accordingly peace, as belonging to the innermost nature of the Church. For this reason, the Church fosters solidarity among peoples, and calls peoples and nations to sacrifices of advantages of power and wealth for the sake of solidarity of the human family."