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Pope Francis’ blessing on disabled man looked like exorcism, say experts
THE question has been swirling ever since Pope Francis laid his hands on the head of a young disabled man after celebrating mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday.
The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, and he then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.
The Vatican television station, TV 2000, said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed there was “no doubt” that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.
For its part, the Vatican distanced itself from the claims issuing a statement insisting that “the Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism”.
Instead they said “he simply intended to pray for someone who was suffering who was presented to him”.
These officials denials led to a backtrack by the television station, with TV 2000 director Dino Boffo issuing an apology on Tuesday, saying: “I unconsciously gave the go ahead for the publication of a piece of news that was true but only partly so, because the Pope denies having performed an exorcism.”