Vatican: This Is Not an Exorcism
Exorcists insist pontiff cast out man's demons
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2013 5:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Pope Francis was merely praying in a video that some claim shows him performing an exorcism on a Mexican pilgrim, the Vatican says. In the video—broadcast on a TV station owned by the Italian Bishops' Conference—the man convulses and then goes limp after the stern-faced pontiff places his hands on his head, the BBC reports. Exorcists say that no matter what the Vatican claims, the pope was clearly expelling the forces of evil from the man.

"The Pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and like any bishop he is also an exorcist," says Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's former chief exorcist. "It was a real exorcism," he says, claiming that the pilgrim was possessed by no fewer than four demons. The pope's frequent references to Satan have fueled suspicion that the incident was an exorcism, but a Vatican spokesman says it was at most a "prayer for liberation," the AP notes.

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Trkwp
May 12, 2014 5:46 AM CDT
Here is a Pope who is doing what Christ did.
Gart
May 22, 2013 8:29 AM CDT
Everyone in the video has the sillies. What is funny is that some idiots will look at a voodoo witch doctor trying to talk to spirits as crazy and yet this is normal... sure
coolsmoothla
May 22, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
Contrary to Hollywood and fiction novels, demons are not monsters. They are merely spirits. Spirit are thoughts in the mind which are invisible. spirit : thinking part of man; mind; intelligence; thought Albeit they are invisible, we all have a spirit and it is very real. It is how we are communicating at this very moment. Thoughts are manifested through vocal, reading and writing. Like all spirits, demons need a host or rather I say body, whether human or animal, to possess. A demon (spirit) will tell a person that he is something he's not. It will also tell that person (schizophrenic) to harm themselves or others. For example, a demon will tell a male priest to molest little boys, even though it is contrary to God's thoughts or tell a man in high places (president, king, dictator, terrorist leader, etc.) to start bogus wars that will kill people needlessly and send them to hell (grave). So to all those who say demons are fake, beware. The greatest deception that the Devil creates is to deceive the world that he doesn't exist. ♪ All you people think you run my life ... but you never made any sacrifice ... demons: they're on my trail ... I'm standing at the crossroad of hell ... some say the Devil is a mystical thing ... I say the Devil walks in man .... he's a fool, liar, conjurer and thief ... try tell you what you want ... try to tell you what you need ... I say all you demons go back to hell ... He's (the Lord) trying to save my soul ... save myself ♪ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHqpcEabw2k