Did Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convert from Christianity to Islam? No, that's not true: the story was put out several years ago by a satirical website as a joke but keeps being circulated on Facebook via various pages and groups even today.
The story originated from an article (archived here) on Vatican Enquirer where it was published on August 28, 2016 under the title "Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Converting from Christianity to Islam". It opened:
THE VATICAN ENQUIRER - Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, also dubbed as "Canada's Obama", announced he is converting from Christianity to Islam.
In a 13 minute press conference Friday, Trudeau explained his decision in his life:
"After meeting thousands of new Syrian refugees, listening to their stories and learning more about the Muslim faith, I have learned to love Islam and the people of Islam. Islam promotes peace, not violence and is in fact more peaceful that Christianity. I feel like this is the religion I belong with and I should identify as," reported the theglobalsun.com
There is no news website named "theglobalsun.com" (it seems the domain name is currently for sale). Trudeau has repeatedly stated in media interviews that he is a Catholic, for example in this CBC story:
"For someone to start questioning my own faith and accusing me of being a bad Catholic, is something that I really take issue with. My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with."
Trudeau added that neither he nor his father saw any incongruity between enshrining the rights of gays and lesbians, for example, and the tenets of Catholicism. He notes that he is personally very opposed to abortion, but still believes nobody can tell a woman what she should do with her body.
"My own credo is completely consistent with that, and I'll defend my own faith and my own values to the utmost extent," Trudeau said.
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