By NICK SQUIRES - THE TELEGRAPH
Added: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:12:02 UTC
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The Pope has performed an exorcism, according to claims made in a new book Photo: GETTY
In a new book, Father Amorth, the exorcist for the diocese of Rome, gives a bizarre account of how he and two assistants brought a pair of "possessed" Italian men to one of the Pope's weekly audiences in St Peter's Square in May 2009.
In his book, "The Last Exorcist – My Fight Against Satan", he claimed the mere presence of the pontiff cured the men of their demonic afflictions.
Father Amorth said his two female assistants escorted the two men into St Peter's Square as the Pope was driven between crowds of faithful in the white "Popemobile" jeep.
The women managed to obtain seats for the two men in an area of seating normally reserved for the disabled.
As the Pope approached them, the men, identified only as Marco and Giovanni, began to act strangely, Father Amorth wrote.
He described how they trembled and how their teeth chattered.
When one of the assistants asked Giovanni to control himself, he said "I am not Giovanni" in a voice that was not his own, Father Amorth claimed.
As soon as the Pope stepped down from the "Popemobile' the two men flung themselves to the floor.
"They banged their heads on the ground. The Swiss Guards watched them but did nothing," the priest wrote.
"Giovanni and Marco started to wail at the same time, they were lying on the floor, howling.
"They were trembling, slobbering, working themselves into a frenzy.
"The Pope watched from a distance. He raised an arm and blessed the four of them. For the possessed it was like a furious jolt - a blow to their whole bodies - to the extent that they were thrown three metres backwards," he continued.