Don’t fall for fake Pope quotes on Islam, says Vatican
What about the following quotations from interviews with His Holiness’ favorite anti-clerical/atheist/socialist journalist Eugenio Scalfari? Some of them have been published in L’Osservatore Romano and in an anthology of FrankenPope conversations with journalists published by the Vatican Press!
“It is the communists who think like Christians.”
Scalfari: “Francis answered the question which saint he prefers: ‘The first is obviously Paul. He is the one who constructed our religion.'”
Scalfari: “In the early centuries of Christianity, the sacraments were celebrated directly by the faithful and the priests only served. Francis agrees on these Lutheran theses that coincide with what happened in the first centuries.”
“Each of us has his own vision of the absolute. From this point of view there exists also relativism, which is placed alongside our religion.”
by Associated Press
posted Tuesday, 3 Jan 2017
Widely shared quotes in which Francis calls for a merger of Christianity and Islam are ‘invented’, says spokesman
A widely shared story that claimed Pope Francis called for merging Islam and Christianity is false.
The story quotes Francis as telling a Vatican audience: “Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths.”
Another quote it attributes to Francis: “We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now.”
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke tells the Associated Press the quotes are “invented.”
An internet search reveals the fake quotes and various incarnations of the story have been shared by numerous websites since at least 2015.