The Vatican has denied all claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism after this Sunday mass after the possible encounter was shown on the TV channel owned by the Italian Bishops'.
The footage shows a man, in a wheelchair, opening his mouth in a strange way as the Pope puts his hands on his head and prays. The man then convulses and slumps in his chair.
However, the Pope's spokesman Federico Lombardi denied all such claims and said, "The Pope did not intend to perform any exorcism, he simply intended to pray for a suffering person. As he normally does."
Dino Boffo the director of the TV channel which aired the footage also apologized for the report and said, "I apologise for having altered the truth of the facts and for the people who are involved, in particular I apologise to the Holy Father."
Big religious figures in the Vatican including the Vatican's former chief exorcist, Gabriele Amorth are claiming that the act was an exorcism. Gabriele confirmed that the young man who he said was called Angelo was possessed by atleast four demons and that he had performed his own exorcism on the young man.
Roman Catholics are known to perform exorcisms since ancient times as and when required after solid evidence is available about a person being possessed but in the modern world such a practice faces alot of criticism.