He’s a wild and crazy pope, but he ain’t that wild and crazy. But between wannabe social engineers, rumormongers, wannabe conspiracy investigators, and plain old Internet misattribution of quotes, there’s all kinds of stuff being quoted as being “said by him” that Pope Francis didn’t say.
So, via New Liturgical Movement, the Vatican’s News.va Facebook Page has released the following statement following a proliferation on the internet of false statements attributed to Pope Francis:
Dear friends, we have been notified by many readers that there are stories currently circulating all over the Internet spreading statements by Pope Francis with regard to a number of issues, concerning the Bible’s content, the relations between religions, the renewal of the Church’s doctrine, and even the calling of an alleged “Third Vatican Council” — which are FALSE. These statements were spread by unknown sources. Therefore, we would like to alert all readers to be careful and not to trust too soon news about the Pope that are not from the Vatican.
There are also many unidentified trolls on social networks that try to put false information in circulation, taking advantage of the fact that it is easy to “throw the stone and hide the hand.”
Many are also not aware that ALL FACEBOOK PROFILES OF POPE FRANCIS /JORGE MARIA BERGOGLIO ARE NOT OFFICIAL PAGES AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED TO OFFICIALLY REPRESENT THE POPE. THEREFORE THEY SHOULD CLEARLY STATE THEY ARE JUST ‘FAN PAGES’.
We encourage all readers to check the official Vatican media sources for further confirmation of Pope Francis’ statements, or even to check what exactly he said with reference to specific issues.
IF THE STATEMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO THE POPE BY ANY MEDIA AGENCY DO NOT APPEAR IN THE OFFICIAL MEDIA SOURCES OF THE VATICAN, IT MEANS THAT THE INFORMATION THEY REPORT IS NOT TRUE.
Below is a list of the official Vatican media which you should use as valid reference to be sure that any reported statement referred to the Pope is true:
– News.va: a news aggregator portal, it reports the news and information from all the Vatican media in one website, available in five languages: http://www.news.va
News.va also has a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/news.va
– L’Osservatore Romano (newspaper): http://www.osservatoreromano.va
– Vatican Radio: http://www.radiovaticana.va
– VIS (Vatican Information Service): http://www.vis.va
– Holy See Press Office: http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/altre-istituzioni/sala-stampa-santa-sede.html
– Vatican.va: the official website of the Holy See, where you can find the full text of all speeches, homilies and Apostolic documents by the Pope: http://www.vatican.va
– PopeApp: the official app for smartphones dedicated to the Pope (Copyright News.va)
– @Pontifex: the official Twitter profile of the Pope.
The only official Facebook profiles representing the Holy Father and the Vatican are those from News.va and the Vatican media (see the above list of Vatican media).
We would like to thank you all for your kind attention as well as for your notifications and suggestions. Please do share this information as much as possible with your contacts! Thank you very much!