Pope Francis simply prayed for a sick person he did not conduct exorcism, says the Vatican’s spokesman.
“It is absolutely false that this has been done. He simply prayed for the sick person,” Said Vatican press office director Father Federico Lombardi.
An online video posted by a channel under the Italian bishops’ conference has fueled rumors that Pope Francis performed an exorcism.
In the video, a young man is presented to the Pope by Legionary Father Juan Rivas.
What Fr Rivas said to the pontiff is unknown, but the Pope seemed to become serious and began praying over the young man in a wheelchair, placing his hands on the young man’s head.
What sounds like a growl can be heard coming from the young man as the Pope prayers. The young man then opens his mouth and recoils downward in his chair.
The Pope’s security detail can be seen hovering in the background, and one of them comes in to quickly take a letter from the Fr. Rivas, before the Pope moves on to the next person.
According to Fr Lombardi it is usual for the Pope to have many patients and people in difficulty presented to him, who he always prays for intensely.