A bizarre video has emerged of Pope Francis appearing to perform an exorcism on a man in St Peter’s Square.
The footage was shot following Pentecostal mass on Sunday 19th May.
The clip shows a priest explaining something to Pope Francis about the man, who is in a wheelchair, before the Pope becomes serious and places his hands firmly on the man’s head.
While pushing the man down into his chair, the Pontiff recites a prayer and the man opens his mouth while making strange guttural sounds.
Although the process takes less than 15 seconds, the man in the wheelchair appears overwhelmed before the Pope moves on to the next person.
According to an exorcism expert quoted by La Repubblica, “It was a prayer of liberation from evil or even a real exorcism.”
However, the Vatican has denied that the footage shows Pope Francis performing an exorcism, claiming that he was merely saying a prayer for the man.
The Pontiff has repeatedly made it clear that he believes Satan is real, whom he refers to as “the prince of this world,” as a real force who needs to be opposed on a constant basis.
Francis is already on record as having performed previous exorcisms. In 1999, the Catholic Church revised the Rite of Exorcism guidelines to clearly recognize, “both the existence of the Devil and the reality of diabolical possession.”
According to rules laid down by the Catholic Church, exorcisms should never be broadcast or performed in front of media of any kind.
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