Is the pope an exorcist?

From the AP:  Is Pope Francis an exorcist?

The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, and he then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.

The television station of the Italian bishops’ conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed there was “no doubt” that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.

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The Vatican was more cautious Tuesday. In a statement, it said Francis “didn’t intend to perform any exorcism. But as he often does for the sick or suffering, he simply intended to pray for someone who was suffering who was presented to him.”

Fueling the speculation is Francis’ obsession with Satan, a frequent subject of his homilies, and an apparent surge in demand for exorcisms among the faithful despite the irreverent treatment the rite often receives from Hollywood.

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  • kjc May 22, 2013 Reply

    sad that most of the church world does not even think the devil is active any more, but the pope does. I think he done a great thing in praying for the young man, this pope thinks he is fighting a war against spiritual darkness, I just wonder why the rest of the church does not think that way today. I for one like this pope, his actions are good to me I do not understand much of there format but I like him as some one who is out front doing things according to the Biblical examples of washing feet, and praying for folks with laying on of his hands and how he connects with his people.

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