Seeking supernatural help against a demon economy
If ever there was a time to channel our spiritual sensitivities towards apparitions, it is now, writes Carol Hunt
All the exorcist experts said it definitely happened. Even the Vatican's former chief exorcist was quoted as saying "the act was an exorcism alright" and surely he'd know.
The footage showed a young man in a wheelchair, opening his mouth and either screaming or breathing deeply as the Pope put his hands on his head and prayed for him during a Mass in St Peter's Square. The man then convulsed and slumped in his chair. Pope Francis himself however, is being characteristically humble about the whole thing, playing it down and saying (through a spokesperson) that it didn't happen, or even if it did "he didn't intend to perform any exorcism".
Who could blame him? Sure if word of such extra-terrestrial powers got out, the man wouldn't get a minute's peace. There'd be a clamouring for him to fling demons out all over the place, not least right in the heart of Dublin where our own Lord Mayor this week insisted that his home is possessed by spirits.