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False news about Benedict XVI sparks on social networks

2016-05-16

This Twitter post has surfaced by a false Cardinal Parolin profile, sounding all alarms on social networks.

The actual author is an alleged Italian journalist who impersonates the personality of people and is known to announce deaths.

Today, he announced the false death of Benedict XVI for the second time. In March 2013, he published the news on behalf of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

He also announced the death of Fidel Castro, JK Rowling and Pedro Almodóvar.

In any case, to recognize whether a story about the Pope is authentic, it is important to remember two points:

First, that no cardinal would announce the death of a Pope on Twitter. And secondly, that if the news were true, it would be immediately confirmed by the Vatican press room. Something that obviously did not happen today.


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