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The Pope Has Officially Approved One of the Most Bizarre Practices in Catholicism [VIDEO]

While Pope Francis may be waging war against fat cat banks and capitalists, he has other fish t...


The Pope Has Officially Approved One of the Most Bizarre Practices in Catholicism

While Pope Francis may be waging war against fat cat banks and capitalists, he has other fish to fry as the leader of the Catholic Church — namely, demons.

Pope Francis welcomed the International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who battle demon possessions. The distinction means that the group and its work are now officially recognized by canon law.

The Pope Has Officially Approved One of the Most Bizarre Practices in Catholicism

And his actions have matched his words. The Catholic rumor mill went into overdrive last year when Pope Francis seemingly performed an exorcism himself, laying his hands on a wheelchair-bound man who claimed he was possessed by demons. After the pope prayed for him, the man heaved, shook and slump in his wheelchair, leading many to claim that it was a successful exorcism.

“The pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and like any bishop he is also an exorcist,” said Father Gabriele Amorth, the head of the International Association of Exorcists, at the time. “We live in an age in which God has been forgotten. And wherever God is not present,the Devil reigns.”

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