Pope John Paul II unsuccessfully tried to exorcise the devil from a young Italian woman who appeared to be possessed during the Holy Father's General Audience last Wednesday, an Italian newspaper reported on the weekend.
    Exorcist Fr Gabriele Amorth revealed to the newspaper Il Messaggero that the Pope comforted the 19-year-old woman for nearly 30 minutes following the Audience.
    But the priest said that the devil told him the following day that evil had been able to defeat John Paul II.
    The Holy Father held the woman's hand and prayed with her, the priest said, after she appeared agitated - even shouting and yelling insults at Vatican guards who tried to calm her down - during the end of his speech. The Pope as giving his blessing to the crowd of 30,000 pilgrims.
    Fr Amorth admitted the Pope's prayers did very little to cure the woman.
    "In this case, the young woman has an extreme case of diabolical possession," Amorth said, adding that the girl has been possessed since she was 12.
New York Post
12 Sep 00

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