Pope Francis has been the target of fake news, once again. This time he is accused of changing the Ten Commandments. The allegation of course, is false, like most other claims about him. The fake story, which has gone viral in some circles, claims Pope Francis changed the Ten Commandments to make same-sex parenting and… Continue reading Did Pope Francis change the Ten Commandments?
News outlets are proclaiming that Pope Francis is about to relax the rules on married priests, possibly opening the door to allowing priests to wed. The only problem with these reports is they are fake news. Pope Francis gave an interview to Die Zeit in which the topic of married priests was discussed. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading Pope Francis did not say priests may someday marry: This regard the latest Rumors
Social media and the Internet has made it easier to share anything anywhere. Most of the time we spend in cyberspace, we see come across wonderful statements — about life, love and other concerns. It assures us that we are not alone, we are going to beat every obstacle and will follow the path of… Continue reading Famous Viral Quotes people think came from the Bible
A telegram (yes, the Vatican still uses that word) from Pope Francis to Trump was spun as a dramatic challenge to the new president over the poor. In fact, it was largely a cut-and-paste operation from previous such messages, illustrating the importance of context in reporting papal news. [Editor’s note: Crux’s Vatican correspondent and co-editor, Inés… Continue reading How reporters got the Pope’s telegram to Trump wrong
Pope Francis has issued a statement against the media’s obsession with fake news and gossip. Except, the term he used to describe the obsession is raising eyebrows. “Coprophagy,” is the word he used to describe the obsession. Coprophagy is the practice of eating feces Pope Francis has made a statement, criticizing the media for its… Continue reading Did Pope Francis compare media obsession with fake news to consumption of bodily waste?
ROME — Some years ago, I attended a presentation by the late Rev. Raymond Brown, a Sulpician priest and one of America’s great Catholic Biblical scholars, in which he commented on the obvious differences between the Acts of the Apostles and St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians in their accounts of the Council of Jerusalem.… Continue reading Synod Notebook: The dirty little secret about media coverage
Announced Tuesday, this year’s theme for World Communications Day is inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and stresses that social communications should be centered on mercy, dialogue and welcome. The Pontifical Council of Social Communication announced the choice of “Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter” in a Sept. 29 communique from the Vatican. “Clearly… Continue reading Mercy, dialogue to be the focus of World Communications Day
News reports about extensive security in place for Pope Francis’ visit may have deterred people from attending, the mayor said Monday, while calling the weekend a “tremendous success” overall. The pope’s trip to Philadelphia for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families spurred intense traffic and security restrictions. Concrete and steel barricades lined downtown streets, and… Continue reading Philadelphia mayor says media scared people from seeing pope