There is some discussion going on about Pope Francis' encounter with a young man, captured in the video below. Articles on this are appearing everywhere from the Associated Press and ABC News to the Huffington Post and Salon. Everyone, it seems, is talking about this clip.
Does it record the pope performing an exorcism? Some sort of deliverance prayer?
While there is no evidence Benedict XVI engaged in such activities, it is known that Blessed John Paul II performed exorcisms.
The statement from Rev. Federico Lombardi that the pope did not "intend" to perform an exorcism isn't putting the matter to rest. Why didn't he just say, "The pope did not perform an exorcism"?
Notably, there are reports that Francis was known to perform exorcisms prior to becoming pope and many (e.g., see the links here) have noted that he repeatedly refers to the reality of Satan.
I suspect this won't be the last time we hear of Francis doing such things.