POPE BEATS THE DEVIL -- THREE TIMES!
Pope John Paul II has personally fought with Satan at least three times -- and won!
The pugnacious pontiff has performed the ancient religious rite of
exorcism on three people possessed by Satan, according to one of the
Catholic Church's top exorcists. "He carried out these exorcisms
because he wanted to give a powerful example," said the Rev. Gabriele
Amorth. "He wanted to give the message that we must once again start
exorcising those who are possessed by demons."
Amorth said the first case occurred in 1982, early in the pope's
"This girl was rolling around on the ground," he said. "People in
the Vatican had never seen anything like it. For us exorcists it is
As demonstrated in the classic horror movie The Exorcist, the
ceremony casts demons out of the possessed person with a combination
of prayers and religious tools including holy water and the crucifix.
It can be a violent and frightening process, often causing the victim
to writhe in pain and curse those seeking to cure the demonic
"I have seen levitations," Amorth said, "and a force that needed
six or eight men to hold the person still. Such things are rare, but
One real-life exorcism recalls the famous movie scene in which
actress Linda Blair violently pukes on the exorcist, played by Max
"The devil told a woman that he would make her spit out a
transistor radio," Amorth said, "and lo and behold -- she started
spitting out bits and pieces of a transistor!"
Amorth revealed the papal exorcisms just after the pope warned of
satanic possession -- indicating that the Holy Father believes the
devil is quite real.
In an address from the Vatican, the pontiff issued this ominous
"The devil, 'the prince of this world,' even today continues
his insidious actions. Each and every man is tempted by the devil
when he least expects it."
Published on: 05/10/2002