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Vatican warns against fake papal quotes on Islam

January 03, 2017

The Vatican has issued a warning against quotations falsely attributed to Pope Francis, claiming that Christianity and Islam are fundamentally the same.

Greg Burke, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the quotations, which have been widely circulated through the international media, are “invented.”

In the false quotations, Pope Francis allegedly says that there are no essential differences between Christianity and Islam, and that the two faiths should eventually merge. Although the quotations have been reproduced frequently, news stories do not cite an original source.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jan. 04, 2017 6:16 PM ET USA

    Sadly, the past three years' parade of confusing, unclear, off-the-cuff Papal remarks—remarks that no one doubts were actually made—has only made fake Papal quotes more believable.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 04, 2017 2:57 PM ET USA

    Thank goodness that the Vatican has spoken up about this matter.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 03, 2017 9:56 PM ET USA

    If it's preposterous,it's not true. The 2016 election fake news have taught us that.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 03, 2017 4:41 PM ET USA

    It might be a good time for the Pope to remind everyone that Christianity and Islam are not fundamentally the same.