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(kreuz.net) Pope Benedict XVI. had driven the devil from two men at a Papal audience in 2009 at St. Peter's Square.
This is what famous Roman exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth said in his new book "The Last Exorcist".
The Italian boulevard magazine 'Panorama' published the excerpt yesterday.
Thrown back three meters
Father Amorth described them both by their first nnames Giovanni and Marco.
Two attendants brought the men to the Wednesday audience at St. Peter's Square. They were located in the section which is reserved for the handicapped.
While waiting for the arrival of the Holy Father, they were increasingly disturbed.
As Benedict XVI. neared them in the Popemobile, they men were thrown on the ground, struck their heads on the earth and began to wail.
As the Pope held his hand outside of the car to raise in blessing, the men were hurled back three meters.
Finally, they became calm.
Fear of the rage of the demoniac
The speaker for the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi, indirectly described the incident.
E said that the Pope had not known that there were two demoniacs were present at St. Peter's Square on that day.
Then he proceeded quickly to downplay the incident: If the fact was really true, one could not speak of a spiritual cleansing by the Pope.
Because he had "no intention" to conduct an exorcism.
Actually, that's not really true. Because every blessing has an exorcising function.
The Vatican fears that the case being widely discussed could subsequently bring throngs of possessed to the Vatican as pilgrims.
That would be a significant disturbance of the normal course of Wednesday audiences
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