Whether it was a blessing or a minor exorcism, the tabloid world now has even the mainstream media all a-flutter over the possibility that their "progressive" Pope genuinely believes in -- Gasp! -- THE DEVIL, and has been known to perform -- (passing out) -- EXORCISMS!
Harry Haydon, "Exorcism? Pope Francis caught on video performing strange ritual on fan" (The Sun, May 21, 2013).
[Hat tip to C.B.]
Update 5/31/2013: Confirmed: Man Pope Francis prayed over possessed by demons (Rorate Caeli, May 31, 2013):
A 43-year-old Mexican man whom Pope Francis prayed over in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday said that he had suffered from demonic possession for more than a decade.Read more >>