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Pope’s laying of hands fuels debate on exorcism

Vatican cautious in statement on actions at Mass

VATICAN CITY — Is Pope Francis an exorcist?

The question has bubbled up ever since Francis laid his hands on the head of a young man in a wheelchair after celebrating Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.

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