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‘It is a Sin and It is Hurtful’: Pope Francis Warns Media About Spreading Fake News

pope francisIt appears that even the Vatican is getting into the whole ‘fake news’ discussion these days.

With so much attention being paid now to false news being spread by the media, especially as it relates to politics, Pope Francis weighed in on the role of media moving forward and how damaging it was for the media to spread misinformation and that the true value of the press is in educating the public.

Per Reuters, the Pope spoke with Tertio, a weekly Belgian Catholic publication, and actually brought up coprophilia while talking about tabloids and and other media outlets more concerned with scandal than news.

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into – no offence intended – the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said.

“And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.”

He also had the following to say about the press being “tempted by slander” and “defamation,” specifically when it comes to the political world.

“No one has a right to do this. It is a sin and it is hurtful,” Francis noted.

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