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A British news anchor has become internationally known for all the wrong reasons after she slipped up by saying that Pope Francis was dead during a Christmas day broadcast, a major blunder that will forever live in infamy in the annals of fake news.
Kylie Pentelow of ITV was in the middle of delivering a recap on the Pope’s annual Christmas message and his call for global vaccinations when she briefly drifted off into a Biden-style brain fog, announcing the death of the 85-year-old religious leader.
Pentelow was moving right along, reporting that the pontiff said that “vaccines should be made available to those most in need,” then said, “his death was announced,” before catching herself, saying ‘uh, excuse me,” and moving on with her reporting of the news.
ITV just accidentally reported on the death of Pope Francis (he’s not in fact dead).pic.twitter.com/yFQcw4etya
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 25, 2021
Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree following Pentelow’s embarrassing fumble.
Just to confirm, The Pope is not dead.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) December 25, 2021
Think you’ve had too many Christmas drinks? At least you’ve not just said the Pope has died on national news. pic.twitter.com/QsGWLxsNj5
— Adam Millington (@AdamGMillington) December 25, 2021
Who amongst us hasn’t accidentally announced the death of the Pope to the entire nation on Christmas Day?https://t.co/mBRu63TSap
— Alistair Coleman (@alistaircoleman) December 25, 2021
Holy smokes Major goof
— John Williams (@JohnW30160236) December 25, 2021
Did the @itvnews lady just announce the Pope was dead? What?! I know I've had a bit of Christmas cheer, but im sure she just said…
— Rebecca (@daemonbecca) December 25, 2021
Wishing out loud
— Lynn (@lynnrusso88) December 25, 2021
The Pope has risen pic.twitter.com/zRjWIgdV41
— David Jack (@DJack_Journo) December 25, 2021
Bet she loses her job.
— Let's Go Brandon!! 👏👏👏👏👏 (@topramcon) December 25, 2021
This has been a difficult year, but I am happy to be able to console myself by knowing that today someone on ITV news accidentally announced the death of the Pope, and that person wasn't me. 🙂
— Dr Mark Anderson (@markandersonrun) December 25, 2021
am I delirious or did itv news just say something about ‘his death’ when talking about the pope
— han (@hannahclxire) December 25, 2021
Is that the death of kylie’s career though!
— Boo & Jerry (@BooandJerry) December 25, 2021
Prior to ITV’s inaccurate report of his demise, Pope Francis spoke to a crowd of several thousand at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican as well as to a global audience, lamenting the “pandemic of loneliness” that has gripped the world since the outbreak of COVID and also calling for peace, citing several ongoing conflicts, specifically in Syria and Yemen.
“In this time of pandemic…Our capacity for social relationships is sorely tried; there is a growing tendency to withdraw, to do it all by ourselves, to stop making an effort to encounter others and do things together,” he said.
VIDEO: 🇻🇦 Pope Francis called for “dialogue” in the face of a “tendency to withdraw” during the Covid-19 pandemic in his traditional Christmas Day message, adding that the victims of conflicts, specifically in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, must not be forgotten pic.twitter.com/RonD3j48xV
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) December 25, 2021
“On the international level too, there is the risk of avoiding dialogue, the risk that this complex crisis will lead to taking shortcuts rather than setting out on the longer paths of dialogue,” he added. “Yet only those paths can lead to the resolution of conflicts and to lasting benefits for all.”
The pope cited “a great number of conflicts, crises and disagreements” being witnessed around the world.
“These never seem to end; by now we hardly even notice them. We have become so used to them that immense tragedies are now being passed over in silence,” Francis said, which is when he mentioned Syria and Yemen, among others.
As for Pentelow, it’s possible she mixed up Pope Francis with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who led the moral crusade against apartheid in South Africa who DID die — the 90-year-old’s passing in Cape Town was announced on Sunday by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa called Tutu “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead,” according to NPR.
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