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Fake News: Pope Francis Did NOT Cancel The Bible, Did NOT Propose To Create New Book

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:06:56 Z)

Did Pope Francis cancel the Bible and did he propose replacing it with a new book possibly named "Biblia 2000"? No, that did not happen. Rumors about this are false, they originated on a satirical website so they are not true.

The story went viral via an article published on April 8, 2018 by There Is News titled "Pope Francis cancels the Bible and proposes to create a new book" (archived here) which opened:

Pope Francis has surprised the world today by announcing that The Bible is totally outdated and needs a radical change, so The Bible is officially canceled and it's announced a meeting between the highest personalities of the church where it will be decided the book that will replace it, its name and its content. Some names are already being considered and the one that has more strength is "Biblia 2000".

"We can not keep trying to talk our public in a totally new world with a book that has thousands years. We are losing followers and we have to go a step further in the search for the modernization of the church. to rewrite the word of God, even if it is only the Old Testament, in which there are certain passages that it is better not to repeat. "

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Pope Francis cancels the Bible and proposes to create a new book

Pope Francis has surprised the world today by announcing that The Bible is totally outdated and needs a radical change,

The site There Is News carries a "Legal Warging" that reads:

Legal Warging

The site "There is news" (http://thereisnews.es) (hereinafter referred to as TIN) is a humor site whose purpose is entertainment.

The content of TIN is fiction and does not correspond to reality.

All references, names, brands or institutions that appear on the site are used as contextual elements, as in any novel or fiction account.

(Note that the site thereisnews.es doesn't exist, only the .com version is live)

The site seems to be the English language version of the Spanish satire site http://haynoticia.es/

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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