Don’t fall for this Pope Francis hoax: 5 things to know and share

by Jimmy Akin

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francismaskSome Internet sites are reporting that Pope Francis has declared that “all religions are true,” that there is no hell, and other provocative things.

But the whole thing is an Internet hoax.

Here are 5 things to know and share . . .


1) What is being attributed to Pope Francis?

Among other things, he is claimed to have said:

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see hell as a literary device. Hell is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God” Pope Francis declared.

In a speech that shocked many, the Pope claimed “All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”


2) Where did the hoax come from?

It originally appeared on a blog called Diversity Chronicle.

The post that contains it apparently was written by the site’s creator, Erik Thorson.

Subsequently, the story has been recycled elsewhere on the Internet, such as in the “Entertainment” section of


3) How do we know it’s a hoax?


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Randy January 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

When will he deal with the bishops and cardinals who covered up the sex abuse

The Sarge January 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm

When will Randy stop being a bigoted broken record?

Randy January 3, 2014 at 12:52 am

Trying to protect kids is “bigoted” ? Really? The catholic church is for weak minded people who blindly follow the hierarchy. Sad!!

JoAnna January 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Let me guess… you’re an Obama supporter.

Bill912 January 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

Well, you got his goat. Some people have funny ways of letting you know you nailed them, and they don’t even know they did it.

Bill912 January 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

Well, you got his goat. Some people have funny ways of letting you know you nailed them, and they don’t even know they did it.

Jimmy Akin January 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

Randy, you are trolling. You are in violation of Rule 1. You are hereby disinvited from participating in the blog.

Randy January 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

troll comment deleted

Linebyline January 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I don’t know if there’s something going on with NCReg’s CMS or what, but the link on this page and the last few links to NCR that I followed from Decentfilms have been broken.

Here’s the link that worked for me:

Maybe it’s the trailing slash?

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