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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Wyatt's Torch; DManA
Pope is "embroiled in scandal" for performing this "strange ritual" on a "fan"?? You guys are right, this is bull-whoop-de-doo coverage.

If you look at the video you can see that Pope Francis places his hands on the young man's head and prays inaudibly, and the young man gasps and exhales hard about 4 times. The whole thing takes about 6 seconds. That's it. Then Francis goes on greeting and blessing other people in the crowd, calling -zero- attention to himself or to the young man.

Nothing bizarre about it: every baptism in fact includes an exorcism. If you're Catholic, you not only got this exorcism when you were baptized (which, in effect, every Christian does), but you renew it every time you repeat your Baptismal promises, e.g. at Easter.

Thank God for the "normal Christianity" of Pope Francis.

Somebody explain the "strangeness" of AP, news.yahoo, and the (U.K.) Sun.

27 posted on 05/21/2013 5:51:49 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Behold the Cross of the Lord! Flee, hostile powers! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Interesting story about St. Anthony's Brief -

A lady (I think she was in Portugal, where St. Anthony was born, although Padua claims him now) was much troubled with evil spiritual forces that tormented her and kept her awake at night. Exhausted as she walked along the road, she fell asleep by a shrine to St. Anthony. The saint himself appeared to her in a dream or vision, and gave her a piece of paper which he told her to keep with her. When she woke, she found a piece of paper with these words written on it at her feet. She did as instructed and was no more troubled -- although some versions of the story say that her Bishop asked to borrow it, and her troubles started up again, so she went and got it back . . .

31 posted on 05/21/2013 7:18:29 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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