In an interview with a Catholic media outlet, Pope Francis provided some unnerving insight into the nature of Satan.
Perhaps the most chilling among his musings were that the devil is not simply some kind of boogeyman invented to frighten people, but is actually a genuine incarnation of evil.
"He's not like mist. He's not a diffuse thing, he is a person," Pope Francis told the Italy-based broadcast network TV2000.
Although he did not speak to the possible identity of the devil, His Holiness did express concern about anyone who may encounter the wicked individual and foolishly engage him.
Find out more about what the Pope had to say about Satan at the Coast to Coast AM website.