(TELEGRAPH) — Pope Benedict unwittingly performed an exorcism of two men possessed by the Devil in the very heart of the Vatican, according to the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth.

In a new book, Father Amorth, the exorcist for the diocese of Rome, gives a bizarre account of how he and two assistants brought a pair of “possessed” Italian men to one of the Pope’s weekly audiences in St Peter’s Square in May 2009.

In his book, “The Last Exorcist – My Fight Against Satan”, he claimed the mere presence of the pontiff cured the men of their demonic afflictions.

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