A new study says prayer really can help the sick, according to a new study by researchers from Indiana University.
The London Daily Express reports the team, who conducted their research in Mozambique and Brazil, studied the effects of prayer by faith healing groups.
After being prayed for, 11 subjects with vision problems said they were able to see better, and 14 people who were almost deaf had their hearing improved.
Candy Gunther Brown, a religious studies professor who led the project, said healing groups were a feature among Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians, having 500 million supporters worldwide.
However, the United Kingdom-based National Secular Society dismissed the study as "religious propaganda."
"It exploits the desperation of people living in extreme poverty who are unable to access proper medical care in order to bring them under the influence of these Pentecostal churches," said Terry Sanderson, president of the NSS.