A book entitled “Exorcists Against the Satan” has been in Italian bookstores since April 11. It includes an unpublished interview with Pope Francis about the Devil.
Fabio Marchese Ragona, the book’s author, begins the interview with the Holy Father by posing the case of a possessed nun who, in a moment of demonic manifestation, the Devil says [through her that] he hates the Pope because “he always speaks badly of me.” The interviewer writes that the Devil then said: “Have you seen how many problems I create for him?” And, after mentioning the case, Marchese asks the Pontiff how these affirmations must be taken, to which Pope Francis answers:
“I don’t know the case personally, hence, I can’t assess it. However, it’s really possible that I bother the Devil because I try to follow the Lord and what the Gospel says. And this bothers him. At the same time, he certainly rejoices when I commit a sin. He looks for man’s failure but has no hope in face of prayer.”
Then the interviewer asks the Pontiff if he has dealt directly with possessed individuals, to which Pope Bergoglio responds:
When I was Archbishop of Buenos Aires I had several people who came to me saying they were possessed. I sent them to consult two “specialist” priests: they are not quack doctors but exorcists. One is called Carlos Alberto Mancuso and he was an exorcist in the diocese of La Plata. The other was my confessor, Father Nicholas Mihaljevic, a Jesuit born in Croatia. Both told me afterwards that of those people only two or three were really victims of diabolic possession. The others suffered from diabolic obsession, which is something very different because they didn’t have the Devil in their body. This has to be specified.”
Then the Pope is asked if he had ever carried out an exorcism, to which the Holy Father replied: “No, never. If it were to happen, I would ask for the support of a good exorcist, as I did when I was Archbishop.”
The interviewer then refers to rumours about demonic attacks against Benedict XVI, attacks that he resisted, and he recalled that in 1972 Paul VI said that the smoke of Satan had entered God’s Church through cracks. So Marchese asked: Can the Devil also act in the Vatican and attack the Pope?
Read it all in Zenit