Jorge Mario Bergoglio aka Pope Francis has performed an exorcism in public, according to The Telegraph.
An exorcism is the religious practice of evicting demons or spiritual entities from a person which they are believed to have possessed. Therefore one must be a religious person in order to believe in such practice*.
The alleged exorcism took place in broad daylight on May 19th, 2013, according to the source. The so-called representative of god on Earth placed both hands on the supposedly possessed man, who convulsed shortly afterwards. This has been taken as a sign the exorcism was successful.
The pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and like any bishop he is also an exorcist (…) It was a real exorcism: Father Gabriele Amorth, head of the International Association of Exorcists.
The Daily Mail reports this is not the first time a Pontiff has carried out an exorcism in public:
In 2000, Pope John Paul II performed an exorcism on a young woman who screamed and uttered blasphemies during a weekly audience. He spent half an hour praying with the woman, who had a history of possession, before leaving. However, the exorcism did not work and she remained possessed. Daily Mail.
The assumed possessed person is a 43-year old man from Mexico and was sitting on a wheelchair when the action took place.
Bergoglio was recently elected by Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church as the 266th pope. His election came as a surprise, given he was not deemed as one of the preferiti to succeed Joseph Ratzinger.
May 21st, 2013.
*I, on the other hand, am not, so I don’t believe in exorcisms, demons and spiritual entities. However I find this news utterly bizarre and felt the need to share it with you.