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The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

<span style="font-weight: bold"> <span style="font-size: 17pt">The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist? </span> </span>
May 21, 2013
<span style="font-weight: bold">VATICAN CITY </span>(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, convulsed and shook, and 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 that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.

The Vatican was more cautious Tuesday, saying 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."

Fueling the speculation is Francis' obsession with the devil, a frequent subject of his homilies

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Re: The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

The devil made him do it.

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Re: The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

After all, why would a religious man preach about the evils of the devil! Unthinkable!



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Re: The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

Maybe Pope Francis will come to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC and put his hands on BoBo. I bet he would melt like the witch in The Wizard of Oz.

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Re: The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

Well, since I would think that the pope would view the devil as an adversary, it doesn't strike me as unusual that he is "obsessed". I'd actually be more concerned if the pope took the devil lightly or didn't care one way or the other.

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Re: The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

maybe he didn't wash his hands after using the toilet and wheelchair dude saw it.

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