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Of late, the Vatican has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, from dictatorship to sexual abuse of underage boys, and this time it has “showed a second face” in trying to be politically involved with a country other than home, reported a not-so-popular news channel eTN Global.
The same news house alleged that the church, in its earnest endeavor, encouraged US citizens to vote “Donald Trump for President.” News outlets around the world have recently reported that Pope Francis has made the “unprecedented decision” to endorse Donald Trump as a presidential candidate.
“Though I don’t agree with Mr. Trump on some issues, I feel that voting against the powerful political forces that have corrupted the entire American federal government is the only option for a nation that desires a government that is truly for the people and by the people.” The complete statement by Pope Francis as published by eTN Global can be read here.
It has also been reported that sources within the Vatican were unaware of Pope’s intention about voicing out his concerns regarding the US presidential election until the statement was released.
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Hoax Slayer, on the other hand, dismissed the report, addressing the claims as untrue. An explanation has also been provided by the website stating that the false report is a post from clickbait fake-news websites that draft nonsensical reports about celebrities, politicians and every big-shot to draw traffic to their sites.
Snopes, another popular website that uncover rumors, confirms the news as hoax. Pope Francis has not released any such statement, said the website, nor has he publicly endorsed either candidate. There was no truth to this story because no reputable news publications have confirmed it as of yet.
As reported by LA Times, the Pope has, in fact, offered his advice to the American citizens. “Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience,” said Pope Francis.
The news channel also reported that the Pope, earlier in the month of February, made a certain loosely drafted statement against Trump, saying that a person who “only think about building walls and not building bridges” cannot be a Christian.
Trump, however, was quick in firing back at the Vatican leader, calling it “disgraceful” for a religious leader to question his faith.