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Vatican Denies Pope Performed Exorcism After Footage Emerges: VIDEO


Pope Francis is denying that he performed an exorcism on a young man in St. Peter's Square.


The Independent reports:

The astonishing footage, taken immediately after Pentecostal mass on Sunday 19th May, shows the Pontiff approach the second of two wheelchair bound people, whose face is pixelled out.

After a priest leans across the boy or young man to tell Francis something, the Pope’s expression becomes more serious, the voice-over notes. He then grips the top of the subject’s head firmly and is seen pushing him down into his wheel chair. As this is happening the Pontiff recites an intense prayer, and the boy’s mouth drops wide open and he exhales sharply, Italian press reports added this morning.

Francis’s usual smile then returns and he continues with the traditional – and more gentle — Sunday greetings for sick or disabled visitors to St Peter’s.

Euronews adds:

Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said it had merely been a normal prayer for a sick or disabled visitor. "Pope Francis did absolutely not intend to perform an exorcism on this occasion. As he frequently does with the sick and the suffering who come his way, he intended simply to pray for a suffering person who had been brought before him."

The allegation came from the director who had been filming Francis at the time. In his commentary he had said the boy's shouting as he was being blessed looked like an exorcism.


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  1. Kid was speaking in tongues. With the catholic costumes and the pentecostal theatrics, when this hits Broadway it could be like The Book of Mormon meets Mamma Mia!!

    Posted by: Oxnard Rick | May 22, 2013 9:31:46 AM

  2. "Pope Francis did absolutely not intend to perform an exorcism..."

    Whoops! Accidental exorcism!

    Posted by: John in Houston | May 22, 2013 9:37:23 AM

  3. ahh video......LIAR!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | May 22, 2013 9:41:30 AM

  4. The whore of Babylon will fall. That den of pedophiles and sodommites will crumble to the ground. True Christianity will prevail in the end. Rome is the devil's playground. It is one of the white sepulchres Christ spoke of. Constantine that pagan king, tried to kill true Christianity by creating this empire of sin...but Martin Luther, a God-inspired man, nailed the truth to a door and revived the true church. God bless his soul. The blood of many matyrs is on the hands of the Catholic church. God's judgement will be upon them.

    Posted by: helen | May 22, 2013 9:44:11 AM

  5. Although that was not an exorcism, exorcisms are a biblical and historical part of normative Christianity. Jesus surely successfully performed exorcisms and commanded His believers to do the same. ""These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues," Jesus says(Mark 16:17). In fact, exorcisms were part of the doctrine and practice of the Church fathers/mothers and adherents for centuries, and are being performed perhaps more than ever today with the explosive growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian movement. For Christians, who take the Words of Jesus and the Bible seriously, casting out demonic influences is a mandate.

    Posted by: Kyle | May 22, 2013 9:46:58 AM

  6. He was pushing his head down, but not for an exorcism.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 22, 2013 9:59:17 AM

  7. @Jack M... That might be the best comment I have read in a long time.

    Posted by: shaun | May 22, 2013 10:12:11 AM

  8. No one tell this poor old man just because he dress up as pope, doesn't mean magical power suddenly bestow on him.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | May 22, 2013 10:33:19 AM

  9. Uhm helen

    LOL u do know your hero Matin Luther told the german princes to kill all the peasants. Not very "godly/ saintly"

    Posted by: Moz's | May 22, 2013 10:36:09 AM

  10. Of course the Church denied it because it didn't work.

    Posted by: simon | May 22, 2013 11:02:04 AM

  11. Meds work better

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 22, 2013 11:11:20 AM

  12. By the same token, they should also deny those healing performed by Jesus ever happened in the way recorded in that book of fairy tales.

    Posted by: simon | May 22, 2013 11:15:43 AM

  13. Mecha-Lecha High, Mecha Hiney Ho!

    Posted by: Caliban | May 22, 2013 11:22:29 AM

  14. I wouldn't attempt to scandalize something so trivial.

    Posted by: anon | May 22, 2013 11:27:35 AM

  15. @ helen ;

    How are you allowed so many mins at the computer in your crazy bin ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 22, 2013 11:40:35 AM

  16. Uh, gee, helen, it's like so nice of you to pop up over here. Haven't heard from you in, like, a real long time. Well, not since that big Benny Hinn Crusade back in August. Remember that? What a riot, all those healings and exorcisms and stuff! So, uh, helen, what's new? Are you still on day-release from the, uh, nursing home? How's that new med regimen working out? From I can see, um, not so good.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 22, 2013 12:09:09 PM

  17. I'm not sure I like the implication that the mentally or physically impaired boy might be possessed by demons because of how he acted.

    Posted by: Lumpmoose | May 22, 2013 12:22:59 PM

  18. btw folks - i've recently discovered an absolutely FOOLPROOF way to ensure that you and your loved ones never become possessed by a demon.

    are you ready for it?


    Don't believe that it's possible. There. I just saved you a few trips to the exorcist.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 22, 2013 1:14:55 PM

  19. Having just seen the Jon Stewart piece, I have to wonder whether the film director is Canadian and was he smoking crack. Absolutely not an exorcism. Simply a prayer and blessing.

    Posted by: jpl | May 22, 2013 1:21:16 PM

  20. How come when Earnest Angely lays hands on a cripple and yells "Be healed!" it's hilarious but when Pope Koksucka XXIII does it, it's a serious news item?

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 22, 2013 1:43:17 PM

  21. Whether the Pope was performing an exorcism or not is irrelevant. He is still the leader of an organization that teaches that a fantasy book is the literal truth. Francis is still the "Antichrist of reason."

    Posted by: HalWLanse | May 22, 2013 8:40:40 PM

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